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IBM Procurement solutions help companies face complex economic and operational environments that present significant challenges from managing global growth to sustainably reducing costs, from aiding compliance to mitigating increasing volatility and risk.

Procurement organizations play an essential role in achieving critical corporate objectives. Yet, procurement organizations are challenged with managing an increasingly global supply base, optimizing complex processes and making sense of data scattered across disparate systems.

IBM® Emptoris® Strategic Supply Management solutions tackle these procurement challenges with a suite of solutions that connect disparate systems and teams to provide greater visibility into and control over spend, contracts, service providers and supplier intelligence and processes.

The suite includes solutions for sourcing, contract management, spend analysis, supplier lifecycle management, services procurement and telecom expense management. These capabilities can be deployed individually or as a single cohesive platform.

IBM Emptoris solutions help companies improve performance, capture sustainable cost savings, mitigate varied risks, improve compliance and directly impact profitability.

Spend Matters 50/50: IBM – A Provider to Know in 2015

100 companies - 100 days   A number of years ago, IBM acquired Emptoris, a sourcing and supplier management solution, and Big Blue continues to serve the market with this “upstream procurement” suite. IBM addresses the procure-to-pay (P2P) area through a partnership with Coupa today. But more interesting than these areas from an innovation perspective are some of the opportunities that IBM has to bring with the Watson predictive and artificial intelligence engine to the procurement world ... The potential for Watson is significant indeed ... You can read more on our US site here. As a truly global business, IBM is strong in Europe of course as well as in the US, and serves multi-national clients as a matter of course. This feels like an important year for the firm in terms of their procurement solutions business, with the integration of Emptoris having perhaps occupied internal attention and reduced their wider market activity in recent times, so watch out for more to come in 2016 from the firm.
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