IBM helps ABB to design SmartBuy by using SAP Ariba solutions

IBM has won an IT deal from global technology company ABB to support its procurement digitization for the launch of SmartBuy.
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ABB’s SmartBuy is an employee purchasing program that assists in automating the process of finding, procuring and managing ABB’s supplier network, with services like self-registration and contract processes.

Along with IBM’s industry experience and guidance, we chose SAP Ariba solutions because we believe in their ability to help elevate our procurement function and support our longer-term business objectives, Daniel Stumm, ABB’s Head of Indirect Procurement, said.

SmartBuy aims to use SAP Ariba solutions to provide ABB employees with an enhanced self-service method to purchase indirect materials and services, guiding users to preferred suppliers, processes and policies.

SmartBuy provides 24/7 support with an intuitive, single, self-service interface for ABB’s employees and suppliers across the globe, creating a seamless experience that also aligns with ABB corporate policies.

ABB tapped IBM Services, which was recently named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for SAP S/4HANA Application Services, to design and implement SmartBuy. IBM has completed more than 5,500 SAP projects and helped more than 400 businesses transform their enterprise systems with SAP S/4HANA.

“With SmartBuy, ABB can tap into the power of AI to help remove manual error-prone repetitive tasks and long search times for products and manufacturers, allowing procurement resources to focus on more strategic operations,” said Neil McCormack, managing partner – Geo Leader, IBM Services EMEA.