Everyone is talking about the automation of business processes, including procurement. We want to use current technology, to take business processes to the next (automatic) level.
The EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG raised this exact question and realized that automation is a journey. It describes the way of adopting new technologies, analysing, and improving processes but especially encouraging the own organisation to join.
As a result, the first step is to determine the as-is situation of the processes. Together with the parasus GmbH, EnBW outlined the current system landscape and identified white spots for potential optimisation and automation.
The ambitious project objective was clearly determined: Automation of 80% of all non-value-adding activities within the operative procurement.
„Nobody really believed us and that we could achieve our goal of automating 80% of non-value-adding manual activities in procurement – we even achieved 93% in the end. “
Head of Procurement CTEPP Automatisierung, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
During the next 9 months, the procurement, key users, IT and the specialists from parasus cooperated to convert, optimise and enhance the existing SAP systems ERP MM, SAP SRM and SAP SLC during 4 sprints and a productive implementation.
As a result, the project goal was exceeded as further potential was discovered and implemented during the project.
Together we achieved
The fundamentals for an automation are set. The next milestone includes the further automation of the ordering process, improving the cooperation with suppliers and making sensible use of software to support the procurement processes with artificial intelligence. At parasus we are delighted to outline the individual ways for EnBW and to be supporting them on their journey.