Purchasing departments mostly do not use the latest technologies available and are characterised by outdated working methods. Mountains of paper and endless manual, time-consuming and error-prone activities determine everyday working life. Procurement lags behind in digitisation even though digital processes are the prerequisite for remaining competitive and future-proof. The daily tasks of modern buyers do not yet correspond to our technological age. Boring and repetitive activities such as comparing data prevent buyers from devoting themselves to crucial value-adding tasks, such as supplier management. The demands on purchasing in a digitally connected world, however, are increasing. Efficient and data-supported business processes are the basis for purchasing to prove itself as a resilient partner along the value chain. Purchasing must become more professional and modern. Businesses can achieve this with intelligent automation solutions and innovative technologies.