May 17, 2020

SAP: delivering next generation Spend Management solutions

Procurement
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
SAP: delivering next generation Spend Management solutions
As part of SAP’s intelligent suite of solutions, SAP Ariba and SAP S/4HANA Cloudare now fully integrated to deliver an end-to-end source-to-pay proces...

As part of SAP’s intelligent suite of solutions, SAP Ariba and SAP S/4HANA Cloud are now fully integrated to deliver an end-to-end source-to-pay process.

The source-to-pay process within the intelligent suite allows customers to effectively manage all spend categories through a fully integrated, end-to-end procurement process through SAP Ariba’s industry-leading solutions and best-in-class Ariba Network.

The next generation spend management process integration offers comprehensive visibility and control to allow customers to achieve business outcomes.

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There are several key benefits, including:

  • Harmonised experience and simpler change management with a consistent user interface across all solutions, as well as guided tours, embedded learning and a digital assistant.

  • Faster, more informed decision-making through instant access to embedded intelligence, as well as proactive alerts to support smart and secure buying.

  • Increased visibility and real-time reporting that offers end-to-end analytics.

  • Decreased total cost of ownership and a quick return on investment through unified integration that gets rid of the necessity for costly services and support.

“By providing transparency across the source-to-pay process and fully integrating with an organisation’s enterprise resource planning systems, the intelligent suite – aided by cognitive technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning – reveals insights and opportunities to create value that was never possible before,” commented Chirs Haydon, SAP Procurement Solutions President. “Through intelligent insights and an enhanced user experience, businesses can anticipate and act on changes in supply and demand by enabling buyers and suppliers to collaborate in real-time with ease and simplicity on a unified platform.”

“With the source-to-pay process now part of the intelligent suite, SAP is delivering on its promise of a comprehensive and integrated cloud portfolio for spend management,” said Mickey North Rizza, Program Vice President, Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce, IDC. “The value of SAP Ariba solutions is further elevated by the deep alignment with SAP software. By helping solve the issues of multiple platforms, insufficient integration, disconnected data and inconsistent user experience, customers now have a clearer path to achieving intelligent spend management with SAP solutions.”

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Aug 5, 2021

Accenture Acquires SCM Software Firm Blue Horseshoe

Accenture
BlueHorseshoe
DigitalSupplyChain
SupplyChainManagement
2 min
Accenture acquires supply chain management specialist Blue Horseshoe, expanding the scale and capabilities of its Supply Chain & Operations group

Accenture has announced its acquisition of Blue Horseshoe, a US-based supply chain management software provider and consultancy firm. 

Upon completion, Blue Horseshoe’s 349 professionals will join Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations group, expanding the professional services group’s capabilities to create more interconnected and resilient supply chains for clients. 

“To be competitive, companies need to transform their supply chains to deliver the innovative and hyper-personalised products, services and experiences that are in high demand—and fulfilment is core to that transformation,” said Renato Scaff, Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations North America lead. “Blue Horseshoe’s deep fulfilment consulting experience and methodologies support Accenture’s vision for building customer-centric, resilient and responsible supply chains that benefit people, society and the planet.”

Who are Blue Horseshoe? 

  • Founded: 2001
  • CEO: Chris Cason
  • Employees: 349
  • Offices: 4 in USA, 1 in Amsterdam, 1 in Estonia
  • Key customers: Lids, Pabst Brewing Co., Half Price Books, Britax, Major Brands


Founded in 2001 in Indiana, USA, Blue Horseshoe now operates from six offices across the US and Europe. The company provides cloud-based solutions for supply chain management, ERP, warehouse management and transportation management systems, including its own Supply Chain Cloud platform, as well as Oracle NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management as a Microsoft Inner Circle Partner. 


Blue Horseshoe specialises in fulfilment and distribution solutions, with expertise in the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and retail distribution industries. Over the past 20 years, the company has improved around 700 supply chains, including those of leading companies such as fashion retailer Lids, cosmetics company Regis Corporation, Pabst Brewing Co., and family-owned bookstore chain Half Price Books. 

“For two decades, we’ve worked with clients to build connectedness, efficiency and automation across their enterprise and supply chain operations,” said Chris Cason, CEO, Blue Horseshoe. “As part of Accenture, we will bring increased scale and combined expertise to help clients put in place next generation supply chain and fulfillment strategies that meet customer expectations and support business growth.”

Accenture's acquisition of Blue Horseshoe is subject to customary closing conditions.

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