Procurement Services to begin using Ariba for purchasing

April 9, 2013  

An overhaul of the University's procurement process will include replacement of the SRM purchasing system with a set of tools from Ariba Inc.

Ariba's tools will allow for efficient and effective requisitioning, ordering, receiving and invoice reconciliation, says Philip O'Keeffe, Purdue's director of procurement services. Ariba's cloud-based tools and technologies are connected to a business network of almost a million suppliers.

The new tools also will allow for expenditure analysis, electronic sourcing such as requests for proposals and quotes, supply market analysis and risk management, sourcing and contract planning, contracting workflow and library management, and post-award contract and supplier performance management, administration and reporting.

The first Ariba modules will be implemented this summer. More information, including a timeline for training, will be available soon. Teams of employees from across the University are working now to determine the project's specifics, including change management and training design.

The goals of the overall procurement process transformation are to deliver cost savings and cost avoidance; create an environment for excellent internal customer service and collaboration and procurement risk management; enable major process efficiencies and automation; and position the University as a leader in procurement effectiveness.

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