Accenture launches NewsPage 9 with SAP
Supply Chain Digital takes a closer look at the opportunities NewsPage 9 launched by Accenture and SAP will provide to the Asia-Pacific and African region.
What is NewsPage 9?
NewsPage 9 utilises SAP® Cloud Platform and SAP Cloud Platform, SAP HANA® services, to provide an integrated view of consumer trends, secondary demand and supply chain management signals. The system will help those in Asia-pacific and Africa to thrive in challenging economies and accelerate growth.
“Built on SAP Cloud Platform and the SAP HANA service, Accenture NewsPage 9 will create a single source of customer data, with machine learning and microservices that power real-time sales execution,” said Fabio Vacirca, senior managing director and Products operating unit lead for Asia Pacific and Africa at Accenture. “Our collaboration can better enable consumer products companies to capture new consumption in untapped traditional trade as well as complex, multi-layer supply chains, ultimately gaining revenue and profitability. Accenture is committed to building solutions that help our clients drive greater efficiency and effectiveness through intelligence and integration.”
How will NewsPage 9 help those in Asia-Pacific and Africa?
The new software will offer its users distribution management, sales force automation and merchandising capabilities. This solution will allow companies to improve their view of demand signals and down-stream of supply chains. In addition the system will allow companies to streamlining their inventory and sales processes for increased productivity and growth.
“Together with Accenture, we are jointly helping our customers win the front office by connecting the demand chain to the supply chain and enabling every part of the business to serve and retain their consumers,” said Scott Russell, president, Asia Pacific Japan, SAP. “With next-generation route-to-market capabilities like Accenture NewsPage 9 that are built using SAP technologies, we can deliver on our commitment to help customers transform into intelligent enterprises, drive best-in-class experiences and thrive in the experience economy.”
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5 minutes with: Ivalua’s Sundar Kamak
Who are you?
My name is Sundar Kamak, I’m Head of Manufacturing Solutions at Ivalua. I’ve been with the company for around two years now, and I’m responsible for our industry solutions and our pre-sales team. Before joining Ivalua I spent almost 20 years in the source-to-pay procurement space, working for a number of providers. But I got my career started in manufacturing and supply chain, specifically in automotive and aerospace.
And what is currently taking up the majority of your professional time?
The last year I've been focused in helping organisations put together a digital transformation strategy, especially manufacturing companies, so they can continue to address some of the challenges they face due to the COVID pandemic.
The traditional approach of engineers designing their latest product then procurement going off to source no longer works
What are the biggest challenges facing your corner of supply chain?
We have a lot of clients coming from different backgrounds - aerospace, high-tech, automotive - and they’re feeling the pressure and the crunch. There’s a lack of product, lack of material availability, lack of resources, labour shortages. So, I work with the leadership in these organisations, try to understand what problems they're looking to solve and come back with Ivalua solutions that can help them address some of these challenges.
Where do the biggest opportunities lie?
If we look at manufacturing, it all comes back to procurement and supply chain being involved sooner in the process. The traditional approach of engineers designing their latest product then procurement going off to source no longer works. It’s important to treat suppliers like partners, which means you build trust, so they can participate very early on in the product design and product development process. It’s not done consistently in the manufacturing sector, but it will be key.