PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--When inefficient, complex processes were making procurement a chore, CA Technologies decided to change the way things are done. With the help of SAP Ariba, CA has created an efficient, consumer-like experience that has transformed corporate purchasing from a frustrating task into a strategic initiative that is delivering savings, efficiencies and innovation across its operations.
“At CA, our sole purpose is to remove the obstacles our customers face every day by putting technology at the heart of their operations. It’s what we do and what drives us as a company,” says Rich Lazzara, Director of IT, CA Technologies. “And it’s why when we faced barriers of our own with respect to procurement, we turned to SAP Ariba.”
CA’s objective was clear: lay the foundation for a unified procure-to-pay process that would increase speed, simplicity and savings. And it chose to partner with SAP Ariba largely because of its end-to-end offerings that could be implemented alongside its SAP ERP system.
“The fact that the solution is integrated from end to end was a key differentiator,” said Stan Brown, Vice President, Global Procurement, CA. “We knew that to achieve our goals, we needed a single platform from which we could manage all of our spend in a simple, intuitive way.”
CA began by implementing SAP Ariba’s cloud-based applications for purchase order (PO) automation and catalog management and quickly added invoice management to deliver a complete procure-to-pay solution to users in 35 countries. And the company was soon seeing significant results. Within six months of rolling SAP Ariba out CA had:
- Increased its electronic invoice submission rate in North America to 92 percent
- Reduced time to enable catalogs from six weeks to less than two
- Cut PO cycle times from six days to 2.5
“What was once a complicated, time consuming task quickly became a simple, fast one that is positively impacting our business,” Brown said.
And CA is setting a standard for the rest of the industry to follow. The company was recently awarded the 2017 CPO Honors Award for Best Team Performance by Ardent Partners at its annual conference, the CPO Rising Summit.
“From leadership and innovation to technology usage and team performance, CA has powerfully demonstrated that top-performing procurement departments are a competitive advantage that can drive bottom line results,” said Andrew Bartolini, Managing Partner and Chief Research Officer, Ardent Partners.
To learn more about SAP Ariba’s end-to-end procurement solutions and the results they are helping procurement organizations around the world deliver, visit www.ariba.com.
About CA Technologies
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the Application Economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate - across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com.
About SAP Ariba
SAP Ariba is how companies connect to get business done. On the Ariba Network, buyers and suppliers from more than three million companies and 180 countries discover new opportunities, collaborate on transactions and grow their relationships. Buyers can manage the entire purchasing process, while controlling spending, finding new sources of savings and building a healthy supply chain. And suppliers can connect with profitable customers and efficiently scale existing relationships – simplifying sales cycles and improving cash control along the way. The result is a dynamic, digital marketplace, where nearly $1 trillion in commerce gets done every year. To learn more about SAP Ariba, visit www.ariba.com.
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable approximately 365,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.
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