Fujitsu enlists SAP Ariba to ensure it is ready for era of 'digital disruption'
As part of a €250mn ($293.4mn) investment to ensure that its systems and processes are ready to meet the demands of an era of ‘unprecedented digital disruption’, Fujitsu has selected SAP Ariba as a new procurement solution across its Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region.
Fujitsu is in the midst of an ongoing strategic business transformation to continuously deliver innovation to its customers, and says the new SAP Ariba platform creates a ‘single, integrated cloud solution, and introduces new, standardised processes’.
By utilising the SAP Ariba platform, Fujitsu is hoping to enhance profitability and create long-term, sustainable advantage for itself and expedite the procurement process for all stakeholders.
According to its plans, Fujitsu will transform its operational functions including finance, procurement, order and supply chain management.
The solution will connect all systems, processes and trading partners to the Ariba network, enabling access from anywhere, at any time, and from any application or device. Procurement will become more sophisticated as there will be a unified view of all related activity across the company.
Steve Clayton, Chief Financial Officer at Fujitsu in EMEIA, said: “We chose SAP Ariba as it will enable us to provide our own customers with the best value.
“We are investing to optimise our systems, processes and the skills of our people for a digital future. In transforming our back-office processes.
“it wasn’t enough to just have cloud-based applications, we wanted to transform the whole procurement journey into a strategic function to enable more streamlined, efficient procurement cycles that ensure collaboration with our suppliers to generate more value at every step.”
Paul Devlin, General Manager, SAP Ariba EMEA and MEE, commented: “Procurement in today’s digital economy has undergone its own transformation. It’s no longer about implementing a series of separate functions – rather it’s about creating value across the entire process from sourcing to settlement.
“We deliver this with an integrated, cloud-based offering that amplifies the power of enterprise applications by making them accessible from anywhere and by connecting them to the whole supply chain.
“Once the solution is implemented, Fujitsu will be able to manage the entire purchasing process, control spending, find new sources of savings and improve the supply chain.”
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.