NTT DATA Disrupts Procurement with Real-Time Insights on SAP Ariba
Demand for digital-related services is exploding, predicted to account for over 70 percent of all external services growth by 2019 according to IDC research.
NTT DATA is helping lead these innovations, partnering with SAP Ariba to bring dynamic, connected services to shared customers across many industries, including companies transporting goods by land, air and sea across global supply chains.
Using SAP Ariba’s Open API Partner Ecosystem, NTT DATA has prototyped an application that allows organizations to monitor global shipments in real time. An extension of the Advance Ship notification functionality on Ariba Network, the connected logistics solution delivers real-time notifications to buyers about any potential change in delivery date/time. Using the carrier’s tracking number, the solution sends updated order information back to the customer both as an email and directly into their ERP system.
“While customers receive alerts when shipped goods will be delivered, they aren’t typically notified if there’s a shipment delay. Automatically linking real-time shipment data into a company’s ERP system allows companies to make more informed business decisions in case of delays,” said Baskar Radhakrishnan, director of SAP Ariba for NTT DATA. “This is very helpful for manufacturing organizations shipping products overseas in many industries.”
Radhakrishnan appreciates how SAP helps NTT DATA easily develop extensions using standard-based open APIs, along with cloud infrastructure best practices. “SAP’s innovative open APIs concept is a game-changer in the cloud industry because it allows customers develop extensions on top of SAP Ariba solutions. Few procurement solutions have this ability today,” he said.