Quadrem has signed a global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) agreement with SAP AG. The organisations will work together to help customers reduce the cost and complexity of implementing and operating integrated electronic sourcing, procurement, invoicing, and contract management processes. In addition, Quadrem’s BPO services have qualified as ‘powered by SAP’.
"For organisations in Africa, this agreement enables best-in-class supply management technologies and services to be packaged into customised solutions and delivered on a more affordable basis determined by actual usage. Additionally, professional services and templates included in the offering support rapid deployment internally within the procurement organisation and externally as suppliers are connected, trained and supported."
“Together SAP and Quadrem Africa can enable customers to achieve supply management excellence, enabling them to be more efficient and competitive,” Simon Carpenter, Director Strategic Initiatives, SAP Africa, told SmartProcurement. “There has never been a greater urgency to gain visibility and control of procurement processes.”
“We’re very pleased to bring to the African market a powerful supply management offering that does not require the resources and upfront investment of traditional solutions delivered ‘behind the firewall’,” Deon Mocke, Regional Vice President of Quadrem Africa, told SmartProcurement. “Additionally, our extensive experience with supply chains in Africa and abroad, and in particular the depth of our locally-relevant supply network, which includes more than 25,000 BEE and SMME vendors, can be leveraged by our customers to gain a significant competitive advantage.”
The main components of the Quadrem BPO services, powered by SAP software, include:
- Pre-configured SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM) application, covering sourcing, procurement, contract management, and invoice workflow.
- Quadrem’s Global Supplier Network (currently over 55,000 global suppliers, in addition to >25,000 local BEE and SMME vendors), transaction platform, and supplier on-boarding and enablement services.
- Catalogue and content data management, master data management and integration services.
All services listed above are delivered on-demand and built through a very close collaboration between Quadrem and SAP.
“Our goal is to leverage the combination of SAP´s market-leading technologies and Quadrem’s expertise and supplier network to deliver a flexible, comprehensive SRM offering and make it available based on the need of the customer,” said Christopher Haydon, Quadrem’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Solutions. “The Quadrem BPO services powered by SAP software provide customers with rapid time-to-value, whether they are implementing an end-to-end solution, or integrating individual components to complement their existing capabilities.”
The flexibility of the Quadrem offering is attractive to Fortune 500 organisations that can now take advantage of on-demand services to outsource network-centric processes. It is also ideal for mid-size organisations without an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system – or with an ERP solution from a vendor other than SAP – that want best-in-class, source-to-pay capabilities. Additionally, organisations that need a bridging strategy during an ERP implementation, or for disparate divisions or locations, should consider Quadrem BPO services.
“Quadrem has a proven track record of helping global customers achieve successful multi-enterprise integration and collaboration in e-procurement, e-sourcing, and e-invoicing,” said Dr. Christian Baader, Vice President, SAP BPO. “We are pleased that Quadrem’s BPO services have qualified as ‘powered by SAP’, offering end-to-end solutions that leverage SAP SRM to provide added value to customers.”
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