Porsche Implements Icertis for Supply Chain Contract Process
Porsche has announced it will be partnering with specialist Icertis and deploying Icertis’ Contract Lifecycle Management Solution across 18 business units as part of their new approach to contract management.
Icertis, leading provider of enterprise contract management in the cloud has announced its expansion to partner with Porsche. Porsche will now roll out Icertis Contract Management (ICM) platform as its enterprise-wide contract management software.
Porsche AG was looking for a Contract Lifestyle Management (CLM) solution to provide digital end-to-end contract management. As it’s part of an industry where the supply chain is complex, Porsche needed a cloud-based solution that provided efficient coordination with all internal stakeholders.
The high-performance software will enable Porsche to take control of its contract, gain better access to data and overall better manage supply chains. The automotive industry often harnesses complex manufacturing and supply chains and are part of large-scale business processes.
It is essential that understanding agreements with multiple suppliers, at scale, enables organisations to better ensure compliance of the supplier base. In order to save money, tracking agreements with suppliers across the whole organisation is part of the initiative.
Icertis started it’s relationship with Porsche back in 2018 where Icertis ran a trial solely with indirect procurement. This relationship has now grown into a strategic partnership as Porsche are now rolling out Icertis’ software across its 18 business units, occupied by 2000 staff.
“The correct handling of contracts is an essential component of Porsche AG's success” said Dr. Melanie Schenk, legal counsel, Porsche AG. “ICM now enables transparent integration of all relevant departments in the process of contract coordination. It also supports the departments in contract processing, e.g. through the possibility of digital signing, deadline checks and a file that can be traced at any time.”
“Porsche AG has a reputation for producing some of the most innovative sports cars in the world,” said Samir Bodas, CEO and Co-founder, Icertis. “To maintain efficiency in competitive and performance-driven industries, forward looking companies are reimagining their commercial foundations with contracts at the centre. We’re thrilled Porsche AG is expanding its relationship with us and will leverage the ICM platform across its organization to unlock the true value that only an enterprise-wide approach to contract management can deliver.”
Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.