WALLDORF, Germany, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that leading Australian vocational education and training provider TAFE NSW is live with the full suite of SAP® Ariba® solutions from sourcing to payment, as part of a large-scale digital transformation to modernize and consolidate its procurement systems. This announcement was made during Procurement Reimagined APAC, a new virtual event for procurement, supply chain and external workforce management professionals.
TAFE NSW is the second largest vocational education provider in the world, serving over 400,000 students across more than 130 campuses and online through TAFE Digital. It offers more than 1,000 courses — from plumbing to floristry, nursing to construction, aviation to fashion design. As a result, its supply chain is extremely diverse. In 2017, TAFE NSW operated as 11 separate units, with different technology systems, organizational structures and product portfolios with a combined operating spend exceeding A$500 million.
TAFE NSW did not have a centralized procurement function to manage its significant spend. Instead, purchasing was handled on an ad hoc basis through multiple, disconnected platforms. TAFE NSW turned to SAP Ariba solutions to integrate and standardize the end-to-end source-to-pay process across the organization and to consolidate all spend on a single platform in the cloud to help drive efficiency, cost savings and compliance.
In partnership with Bloom Consulting, TAFE NSW implemented SAP Ariba solutions for sourcing, contracts, buying, invoicing and payment, laying the foundation for a new procurement platform called TAFE NSW Checkout. By automating and simplifying the entire source-to-pay process for procurement and business stakeholders, TAFE NSW has been able to improve governance and compliance across the purchasing cycle. Furthermore, replacing its disjointed, manual, paper-based processes with a fully integrated, online buying experience has enabled TAFE NSW to increase savings, shorten the time to procure goods and free up administrative burden so staff can focus on its core business — teaching.
Since the rollout, TAFE NSW has trained 2,000 requisitioners and 1,300 approvers on the guided buying capability for SAP Ariba solutions, enhancing visibility and control across spend categories, with straight-through processing leaping from 2 percent to 44 percent within the first month and PO compliance rising to an impressive 93 percent. The organization’s network of suppliers are paid accurately and on time through invoice automation. TAFE NSW is also now better equipped to channel spending to Aboriginal-owned businesses and other local small businesses, thereby supporting the Australian community and economy. As a result of this digital transformation and the improved processes — from more competitive, strategic sourcing to digital contract compliance — TAFE NSW expects to achieve up to A$33 million in savings over the next few years.
“SAP Ariba solutions have enabled us to develop a robust and unified spend management platform, which helps streamline the organization’s procurement processes,” said Giles Curtin, TAFE NSW general manager of Procurement. “The improved user experience means we’ve been able to onboard thousands of remote staff onto the platform throughout COVID-19, with the end-to-end electronic workflow enabling them to focus on teaching, knowing their buying needs are being met while at the same time achieving significant efficiencies and cost savings for our business.”
The implementation of SAP Ariba solutions follows the successful rollout of SAP Fieldglass® and SAP Concur® solutions. With SAP Fieldglass solutions helping to manage its large contingent workforce, TAFE NSW has increased visibility into this critical workforce segment and improved talent management decision-making. Since the rollout in 2017, the organization has reduced the number of contingent worker invoices from 17,000 to just 24 each year, and has automated and auto-paid more than 50,000 timesheets per year. Additionally, since its rapid 15-week deployment of SAP Concur solutions in 2019, TAFE NSW has moved 1,100 purchasing cards for staff from a legacy system to the cloud, making business expense processing more efficient.
“By partnering with SAP to improve visibility and management over spend, TAFE NSW has achieved huge savings back to the organization,” said Henrik Smedberg, SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass ANZ regional vice president. “Furthermore, TAFE NSW Checkout has really raised the bar on user experience for staff and suppliers alike, and in the midst of a global pandemic no less.”
According to Bloom Consulting Managing Director Abid Ali: “The SAP platform has set a new benchmark for the higher education sector, significantly improving the day-to-day experience for staff and suppliers. The implementation has enabled us to successfully drive improved processes and cost savings for TAFE NSW.”
SAP’s strategy is to help every business run as an intelligent enterprise. As a market leader in enterprise application software, we help companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best: 77 percent of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP system. Our machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced analytics technologies help turn customers’ businesses into intelligent enterprises. SAP helps give people and organizations deep business insight and fosters collaboration that helps them stay ahead of their competition. We simplify technology for companies so they can consume our software the way they want – without disruption. Our end-to-end suite of applications and services enables business and public customers across 25 industries globally to operate profitably, adapt continuously and make a difference. With a global network of customers, partners, employees and thought leaders, SAP helps the world run better and improve people’s lives. For more information, visit www.sap.com.
Any statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “predict,” “should” and “will” and similar expressions as they relate to SAP are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. SAP undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. The factors that could affect SAP’s future financial results are discussed more fully in SAP’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including SAP’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates.
© 2020 SAP SE. All rights reserved.
SAP and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP SE in Germany and other countries. Please see https://www.sap.com/copyright for additional trademark information and notices.
For customers interested in learning more about SAP products:
Global Customer Center: +49 180 534-34-24
United States Only: 1 (800) 872-1SAP (1-800-872-1727)
SOURCE SAP SE