Corporate purchasing in heterogeneous ERP environments

Due to globalization and mergers, companies often operate in historically grown, heterogeneous system landscapes. Decentralized processes impair the cooperation of corporate purchasing with its locations, business areas and suppliers: starting with various databases and the resulting high costs, such as multiple entries, to missing standards and a general lack of transparency in company processes.

02. March 2021 | Blog

Control purchasing company-wide

Bringing synergies into the data and processes of your purchasing organization is the basis for sustainably successful corporate purchasing. With lead buying you bundle your purchasing and thus improve your market position. You can achieve end-to-end processes via central purchasing management, e.g. through supplier consolidation or the definition of common material group strategies. The company-wide and, above all, one-off setup, control and administration of all relevant data within your corporate purchasing department lowers costs, promotes transparency and cross-communication. You keep an overview of all procurement processes at all times – across the group.

Procurement solution for multi-ERP environments

The Onventis Enterprise Structure enables companies with subgroups to map their entire source-to-settle process. With the Onventis solution for group purchasing, each subgroup receives its own client who communicates via a central account and thus creates the prerequisites for an integrated process. The complex corporate structures can be further refined within an Onventis Buyer client. Company hierarchies can be structured and mapped using organizational units and objects. Further customization can be achieved through users and user groups. Buyers from a central company have access to administrative, strategic and operational functions of the individual subgroups and can thus bundle all requirements centrally.

This structure makes it possible to simplify and automate complex processes within organizations. Two concrete examples of this are hierarchical budgeting within the subgroups and individual workflows between suppliers and subgroups. Budgeting allows a definition specifically for material groups in the ordering system. It is structured hierarchically according to organization, organizational unit and organizational objects. Suppliers and their order processing workflows can be defined individually between organizations, organizational units and for organizational objects.

Corporations use economies of scale not only in production, but also in purchasing. A group-wide, central purchasing department, however, places much more complex demands on the procurement processes than purchasing in a sole proprietorship. The highest cost savings are achieved when requirements and suppliers from several companies are bundled and both strategic and operational purchasing are centrally controlled.
Andreas Dieroff | Senior SRM Consultant | Onventis

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