- Ratingen, Germany, January 23, 2023 -

The complexity and sheer number of parallel tasks within Release Management and Technical Ariba System Monitoring led to GEA Group making the decision to engage external support. Having considered other competitors, it was determined that Apsolut would be the best partner to work with for this mammoth project.

It took a full two weeks for the GEA project within Apsolut GmbH to be handed over from the implementation team to the colleagues at Solution Management Services (SMS), a long period of time that gives an idea of the complexity of the procurement transformation at GEA. The entire group of companies consists of more than 250 subsidiaries.

With the digital transformation, all operational and strategic SAP Ariba modules will also be rolled out with SAP S/4HANA Central Procurement.

"During the implementation of Ariba and Central Procurement, we gained a lot of positive experiences and benefited from the expertise of our apsolut colleagues," recalls Tina Schmidt, Senior Business Application Consultant SCM and IT Project Manager at GEA. "We were also convinced that knowledge transfer would be much easier with a partner established in our IT landscape."

Apsolut's SMS team has been included in GEA's ticket system. As part of release management, new functions are documented and potential improvements resulting from these releases are identified. The team also ensures regular monitoring, in order to identify and eliminate faults during operation at an early stage.

With this project, the monitoring is a crucial success factor with its numerous modules and ERP back-end systems, which could hardly be managed with internal resources alone. Since the number of end users will continue to increase as a result of the roll-out with the digital transformation, the complexity will also continue to increase. In the next two years, Ariba Guided Buying with Central Procurement is expected to be rolled out to more than 30 other companies.

Further acknowledgement of apsolut’s expertise was provided by the client with it said “We are on the right track to exploit the full potential of this transformation because apsolut not only has the necessary know-how, but also works incredibly agile and committed. Apsolut no longer feels like an external partner to me, but like an internal department with which we will hopefully work for a long time to come."

About Apsolut GmbH:

apsolut is a leading consultancy for Intelligent Spend Management, Business Network, Procurement, Supply Chain, External Workforce Management and Business Transformation. Apsolut’s expertise ranges from technical implementation and process consulting to IT project management and the implementation of holistic transformations. apsolut is a SAP Gold Partner, a multiple award-winning SAP Ariba Partner of the Year, a development and innovation partner of SAP and a solution partner of United VARs, the global alliance of leading SAP solution providers.

About United VARs

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