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Successful SAP Ariba introduction at the Sappi Group

The Sappi Group is a leading global company for wood fibre products and solutions. Together with the SAP Procurement consultancy firm apsolut, SAP Ariba Sourcing, SAP Ariba Contract Management as well as the SAP Ariba Network Integration were successfully implemented.

Sappi trusts in cloud solutions by SAP

apsolut,the SAP Procurement and SAP Ariba specialist, had already implemented SAP Ariba Sourcing in February 2016. SAP Ariba Sourcing is a web-based tendering tool which offers access to 1,5 M suppliers through the link to the SAP Ariba Network. With the help of newly introduced procurement processes, Sappi has now been provided with the possibility, to, inter alia, save time through unified and global sourcing processes. In addition, there has been double-digit cost savings within the first projects through Sourcing events and auctions. Furthermore, SAP Ariba Sourcing distinguishes itself through its great user-friendliness and its easy application.

In June of this year, SAP Ariba Contract Management including Best Practises was also successfully implemented. Shortly after the go-live, more than 250 contracts had already been created and stored via the cloud solution in North America. Using the contract management solution increases the transparency of the authorisations and allows a seamless transfer of the sourcing results in a supplier contract. The SAP Ariba Network Integration with ERP has also been implemented by Sappi recently. Through this solution they have already received numerous orders, directly sent to suppliers in North America and Europe from the SAP ERP System, as well as receiving electronic confirmations and invoices. The combination with the SAP Ariba Catalogues, SAP Ariba Procurement Content (APC) and the integration with SAP SRM enables a strong inclusion of suppliers, through hybrid on-premise/cloud architecture and enhances the digitisation and automation of procurement.

apsolut delivers success with SAP Ariba expert knowledge

With the successful global implementation of Ariba in South Africa, Europe and the USA, Sappi can increase its competitive advantage and additionally achieve great savings. “We are very satisfied with the collaboration with apsolut, who accompanied us throughout the entire project with an expert team and substantially supported the implementation”, summarises IT project leader Verena Rath of the Sappi Group.

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