Sun Chemical and Accenture implemented the cloud-based SAP Ariba buying and invoicing module over a 10-month period. This solution includes new features. For instance, guided buying routes users to the correct type of purchase and permits rules to stop users from submitting a requisition if they are out of policy. And spot buying gives users a chance to buy from established sellers and marketplaces instead of creating a non-catalog requisition.
Importantly, the implementation brought in the Cloud Integration Gateway (CIG), the newest integration toolkit that facilitates master data and transactional data transfer between ERP systems and Ariba. The implementation of CIG moves all integration components to the cloud, allowing customers to avoid periodically re-implementing a new integration toolkit.
Working within a challenging timeline, Accenture leveraged its high velocity accelerators (notably myConcerto assets such as a prepopulated business requirements workbook and a master data integration guide) to quickly educate Sun Chemical’s employees on functionality available within Ariba.
Assistance was also provided by the onshore team that worked collaboratively with the offshore delivery center in the Philippines, as well as the application outsourcing teams.
The purchasing solution not only allows Sun Chemical’s employees to stay up to date with the latest functionality, but also provides a user-friendly interface that routes purchasing users through recommended buying channels.