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SAP’s Procurement Transformation and Next Steps for a CPO on a Mission: An Interview with Dr. Marcell Vollmer (Part 3)

After the three-month Ariba e-procurement implementation, Marcell and his team would transition the rest of his global organization entirely onto Ariba for source-to-pay (S2P) by 2014, using the entire suite: Purchase Order and Invoice Automation, Discount Pro, Spend Visibility, E-Sourcing and E-Auctions, Contract Management, Supplier Management and Ariba Catalogs and Spot Buy. The same year would also see the implementation of Fieldglass to support temporary labor and statement of work (SOW) procurement. And in 2015, Marcell’s organization implemented Concur for travel booking and reimbursement.

Scarfing Down Your Own E-Procurement Dog Food: Going Live Globally With SAP Ariba in 3 Months — An Interview with Dr. Marcell Vollmer (Part 2)

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After taking over as CPO within SAP, Marcell quickly moved to address the e-procurement issue, owing to his previous laptop shopping experience. In 2011, he started an upgrade process to leverage SAP SRM 7. This upgrade initiative would ultimately become sidetracked (although 7.02 workflows into SAP ERP on HANA for vendor invoice management would be deployed) with the acquisition of Ariba. At the same time of this initial technology initiative, Marcell would also begin to put in place a combination of global category frameworks (and support) with local buying centers designed to optimize strategic program elements (e.g., sourcing/negotiation) and minimize transactional costs.

On Becoming a CPO and Procurement Transformation at SAP: An Interview with Dr. Marcell Vollmer (Part 1)

At SAP Ariba LIVE last week, I had the chance to catch up with Dr. Marcell Vollmer, who, despite his degree, comes off as anything but an academic. The discussion quickly turned into an interview because I was most curious about his past role as an almost “accidental CPO” at SAP before he became the chief digital officer for SAP Ariba. I’ll share my notes and commentary from the interview below in this three-part series, and also invite others (including Marcell) to chime in with anything else to add in the comments section — or if I missed anything important to note.

With Flex, SAP Fieldglass Targets Barriers to Middle-Market VMS Adoption

SAP Fieldglass announced last week plans to release a new contingent workforce management solution for medium-sized businesses, taking aim at a market segment historically beyond the reach of VMS providers. The solution, called SAP Fieldglass Flex, is a cloud-based tool designed to help organizations source, hire and manage external labor. Procurement groups could expect to use it to control costs, comply with contracted rates and gain visibility into detailed reporting and real-time data, according to the company’s website.

A Little Bump in SAP That Can Make Your Planning Crash

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Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Daniel Martinez, manager at GEP.

Over the last 10 years there has been a surge in ERP implementation based on supply chain transformation projects, aiming to get complete and correct information about the flow of goods. But how effective have these implementations been in delivering results?

The Digital Supply Chain: How Should Procurement Respond?

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The future of procurement is digital — but how do we get there? In this first Spend Matters Conversation, Founder and Head of Strategy Jason Busch talks with SAP Ariba President Alex Atzberger about how to understand the digital supply chain and what strategies procurement can use to respond.

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3 Must-Do Steps to Move Beyond Cost Savings

Spend Matters welcomes this sponsored article from Chuck Baren, Vice President of Professional Services, Americas, at SAP Fieldglass.

The days are gone when an external workforce management and services procurement program’s success was measured simply by the previous year’s cost reductions. The new table stakes are a tightly integrated procurement environment in which spend across categories and platforms can be used in real time to identify and rapidly adjust to market trends — all within the cloud.

SAP and Microsoft Announce Integration Plan, Put HANA on Azure Cloud

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SAP and Microsoft announced a new integration plan Tuesday that deploys SAP HANA on the Microsoft Azure cloud and links SAP applications, including Ariba, with Microsoft Office 365, giving procurement organizations opportunities for enhanced collaboration, functionality and connectivity within the tools they regularly use. According to Joe Fox, senior vice president of business development and strategy at SAP Ariba, the partnership with Microsoft shows SAP/Ariba’s commitment to delivering innovation through an open platform

A Management Consulting and Systems Integrator Evolution — KPMG and Taulia as Archetype for a New Partnering Model [PRO]

Formal partnerships and partnering strategies within the management consulting, systems integrator ecosystem and technology vendor ecosystem have taken a rather curious path with many twists and turns in the past two decades. Yet the biggest shift of all appears to be taking shape as we turn our calendar to 2016. This Spend Matters PRO research brief explores the changing Big Five technology partnering model and how the recently announced KPMG and Taulia partnership is likely to serve as an archetype of things to come, representing a radically different approach to engaging clients through technology versus implementing or configuring it. This new era is one in which customers stand to gain the most value by focusing on business outcomes while, in many cases, leaving technology choices to consulting and managed services partners. It’s also an era in which technology vendors will need to make major adjustments in how they think about partnering models.

Tim Minahan Leaves SAP (and Ariba) For Citrix – A New Chapter Begins

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It’s official. While his pending departure from SAP was rumored for months, Tim Minahan, without question the single most influential marketing leader in the procurement space in the past decade, has left SAP for Citrix. Tim had most recently served as chief marketing officer for SAP Cloud and prior to that was the chief marketing officer of Ariba. Before Ariba, he started as journalist/analyst before making the jump to the “dark side” (i.e., the vendor world) as the head of marketing for Procuri — which Ariba eventually acquired.

SAP Announces Integration of Fieldglass and SuccessFactors

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SAP announced Tuesday the initial integration of the vendor management system (VMS) Fieldglass and the human capital management (HCM) solution SuccessFactors. Both Fieldglass and SuccessFactors are SAP solutions. SuccessFactors is used by enterprises to manage their employee workforces; Fieldglass, acquired by SAP in May 2014 for a reputed sum of more than $1 billion, enables the management of contingent workforce and staffing suppliers. With the integration, organizations will “now be able to upload data from Fieldglass into contingent profiles in SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, making them visible to everyone in the organization through people searches and organizational charts,” the press release said.

How Procurement Organizations Should Look at Supplier Fees: Be True to Thyself

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The notion of having suppliers pay in part or in full for what is essentially a benefit of the buying organization is as much a philosophical as pragmatic one. It’s actually an outstanding debate to have within an organization, as the discussion can bring to the surface a range of topics that can help procurement to better shape its budgeting, governance and even its charter.