Bechtle Transforms IT Procurement with SAP Ariba

European IT infrastructure and service provider leverages world’s
business network to deliver innovative platform for purchasing
technology in simple, compliant manner

MADRID–(BUSINESS WIRE)–eCommerce is fast becoming the de facto standard for companies to secure
the goods and services they need to run their operations. And with the
help of SAP
, the Bechtle Group is executing it with greater simplicity and
speed. Leveraging the Ariba®
, the European IT infrastructure and service provider has
created a one-stop shop through which it can purchase technology and
services that enhance the productivity of its customers in an efficient,
compliant way. And it is transforming IT procurement – and its business
– in the process.

“As consumers, if we need a new mobile device, we get online, compare
features and prices and with a few clicks, order, pay for and arrange to
have it delivered,” said Martin Meyer, Head of eBusiness Strategy and
Member of the Supervisory Board, Bechtle, who shared the story of the
company’s success during a breakout session today at SAP
Ariba Live
, the premier global commerce event taking place this week
in Madrid. “We expect things to be just as easy at work. But business
buying is complex. And it needs to follow rules.”

To overcome these challenges, Bechtle created bios®, a custom
information and ordering platform connected to the Ariba Network that
serves as a single interface through which it can help the more than
75,000 customers it serves:

  • Streamline, standardize and expedite IT procurement
  • Leverage framework agreements across their organizations
  • Ensure compliance with global procurement policies
  • Automatically manage IT assets, licenses and product life cycles

Using the system, Bechtle customers can search for products and services
within bios® and automatically transfer data on them back to
Ariba where they can be purchased in accordance with a customer’s
policies and procedures.

“There are plenty of solutions that can make procurement easier. But the
key to driving business transformation lies in creating intelligent
connections between buyers and sellers that enable them to run smarter,”
said Paul Devlin, General Manager, SAP Ariba EMEA and MEE. “In
leveraging SAP Ariba’s open technology platform, Bechtle can efficiently
connect with its customers and extend its collaborative processes to
deliver innovations that take IT procurement to new levels.”

It can also grow its connections and expand its business. “With bios®
we have been able to simplify a complex, hard-to-manage category
like IT,” Meyer said. “This is a key differentiator for us that is
opening doors to significant new opportunities.”

SAP Ariba offers a wide-range of solutions designed to help selling
organizations like Bechtle fuel business innovation and growth. To learn
more about these offerings and the value they can deliver, visit:

About Bechtle

The Bechtle Group has 66 system houses in Germany, Austria and
Switzerland and is one of Europe’s leading IT e-commerce providers with
trading companies in 14 countries. Founded in 1983, the Neckarsulm-based
company currently employs over 7,200 people. Bechtle is a
manufacturer-independent company that provides one-stop shopping for all
the IT infrastructure and operation needs of its more than 73,000
industrial, public sector and financial market customers. Bechtle has
been quoted on the stock exchange since 2000 and is listed in the TecDAX
technology index since 2004. In 2015, the company generated a revenue of
approximately 2.8 billion euros.

About SAP Ariba

SAP® Ariba® is the marketplace for digital business, creating
frictionless exchanges between millions of buyers and suppliers across
the entire source-to-pay process. Our market-leading solutions enable
companies to simplify collaboration with their trading partners, make
smarter business decisions and extend their collaborative business
processes with an open technology platform. More than two million
companies use SAP Ariba solutions to connect and collaborate around
nearly one trillion in commerce on an annual basis. To learn more about
the company’s offerings and the transformation they are driving, visit

About SAP

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 310,000 customers to
operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more
information, visit

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