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Digital Transformation: Axiata, Bristlecone, SAP announce 'first in Malaysia' procurement model

AvantiKumar | Feb. 2, 2016
Bristlecone and SAP help Malaysian telco Axiata Group’s eProcurement transformation project to deliver enhanced visibility, compliance and spending control,

Axiata Transformation 

Photo - (From left) Peter Chen (Axiata Process and Compliance Head), Ramesh Sivakaminathan (Bristlecone Vice President of Practice and Innovation) and Terrence Yong (SAP Malaysia Managing Director)


Axiata Group has announced an eProcurement transformation project  with technology partners Bristlecone and SAP, which uses a 'first in Malaysia' cloud-based applications model alongside installed software for greater visibility, compliance and control over spend, said the Malaysian telecommunications group.

Speaking of the project, procurement and supply chain management specialist Bristlecone's chief executive officer and president Irfan Khan, together with enterprise solutions provider SAP Malaysia's managing director Terrence Yong, said the move would allow Axiata to gain visibility on its spend across all the operating Companies (OpCos), manage compliance, as well as determine and harness spend reduction opportunities and identify the inefficient, non-standard processes that were previously in place.

By standardising and streamlining procurement processes across all OpCos, Axiata hopes to improve governance and increase savings.

It was described as a "first-of-its-kind project to be executed in Malaysia", as Axiata will be  using the on premise version of the SAP(r) Supplier Relationship Management application for "Requisition to PO" processes and the SAP Spend Performance Management analytic application for Spend Analytics Process, alongside its cloud-based  procurement applications from Ariba, an SAP company.

Bristlecone's Khan said that Bristlecone was also supporting Axiata to streamline and standardise the Sourcing, Procurement and Spend Management processes across the group for greater efficiency, visibility and governance through the deployment of a harmonised, scalable world-class eProcurement platform.

Mature procurement ecosystem

Axiata recently won the prestigious 'Procurement Transformation Award' in the prominent "Procurement Leaders Awards 2015" in Asia Pacific. Out of nearly 400 entries from 28 countries within the global membership network, Axiata was recognised as the winner in the Procurement Transformation category.

"Axiata was by far the most mature implementation in the Procurement Ecosystem out of our 250+ engagements we have successfully completed. They are truly ahead of the market," said Khan. "The multi-country implementation had many complexities, but resulted in tangible benefits for the Axiata Procurement teams."

He said the Bristlecone was also speeding up its India and Southeast Asia investments to enlarge its footprint in the region.
SAP's Terrence Yong said Axiata chose SAP for its best-in-class functionality and flexibility to tailor solutions as needed, and for the high level of security and scalability with which its software is delivered."

Yong said that following this implementation, Axiata employees now have a centralised system through which they can search, source and buy items, while complying with corporate purchasing procedures. The new system provides functionality for creating Purchase Request/Shopping Cart, generating Purchase Orders (POs) and for automating the goods received and invoicing processes using SAP Supplier Relationship Management application for Sourcing, Contracting and Supplier Information Management.
Axiata's approach which integrates solutions from SAP and Ariba provides not only an end-to-end experience for users but more importantly, enables a full end-to-end process transparency and full spend visibility.

"The 21st century enterprise cannot achieve its cost, revenue and cash flow goals without being connected," he added.  "Software from SAP will help assist Axiata to organise resources and optimise collaboration across their current procurement structure, to achieve new levels of innovation, efficiency and agility to run simple. We look forward to working with Bristlecone to enable this digital transformation at Axiata."


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