Atos Gives ERP A Boost With Ariba

Bangalore: Online shopping isn’t just for consumers anymore. With increasing frequency, businesses are demanding the same experience. But creating and managing accurate, user friendly catalogs that are compliant with corporate purchasing policies can be a challenge – particularly when attempting to do it within an ERP system. With the help of Ariba, an SAP company, Atos, a leading IT services company providing high-tech transactional services, consulting, systems integration and outsourcing solutions, has overcome it.

By integrating Ariba’s cloud-based procurement applications with its SAP system, Atos has created a consumer-like shopping site through which goods and services can be quickly and easily requisitioned from preferred vendors – all within its existing procurement infrastructure and in accordance with corporate purchasing policies.

“After replacing our home-grown procurement system with SAP, we decided it was also necessary to upgrade our catalog enablement and maintenance capabilities,” Hobday said. “Our chief objective was to move away from hosting Excel-based catalogs and create a more efficient system through which employees could access supplier-maintained catalogs or punch out directly to vendors.”

Leveraging Ariba Procurement Content, Atos has done just this. A cloud-based solution delivered via the Ariba Network, Ariba Procurement Content integrates with any ERP or procurement system and provides companies with a complete content source of approved goods and services through a single user interface.

“Just because you build it doesn’t mean users will come; and when it comes to corporate procurement sites, nothing is more true,” said John Lark, Director, Product Marketing, Ariba. “As Atos recognizes, the key to user adoption is providing an easy-to-use tool with current content. Ariba Procurement Content lets companies deliver a simple and intuitive shopping experience, with up-to-date, reliable content so they can drive more spend through the system and realize greater savings.”

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