The joint survey by BME e.V. and Netfira GmbH on the professionalisation of operational procurement shows that procurement has the potential to be an innovation driver in the company or sees itself as such – this assessment, however, often does not correspond with the reality in the company.
There is a large range of tools for purchasing automation that can professionalise purchasing, but these are not used enough. As a result, many procurement department lack a technical standard. There are numerous reasons why digitisation is rare. Many different ERP systems are in use, which leads to media disruptions and interface problems for buyers and suppliers. Time-consuming tasks such as manually checking items and prices on order confirmations are the reason why too little time remains for important tasks such as maintaining relationships and evaluating suppliers.
However, the advantages of modern digital technologies must be used consistently so that companies remain competitive in times of all-encompassing digitisation. Purchasing must establish itself as a driver of digitisation in order to become the starting point for the digital transformation of entire value and supply chains. As a result, purchasing can strengthen its position in the company and improve its image. The right tools are essential to get this process going. One of these tools is the Netfira solution.
The innovative software solution from Netfira automates and optimises operational processes in purchasing, enables a fast, uncomplicated and cost-efficient electronic supplier connection and guarantees a bidirectional digital exchange of data and documents with business partners regardless of processes and ERP systems. Purchasing can thus increase its efficiency, optimise its processes, reduce costs and manual tasks. As a result, buyers have more time for strategic and value-adding tasks, can plan beyond day-to-day business and act accordingly. Procurement acts as a moderator at the interfaces to internal partners – for example to controlling and accounting – and enables new significant contributions along the value chain. This not only leads to higher added value for purchasing, but also to higher added value for the entire company. Consequently, the professionalisation of purchasing also means the professionalisation of the entire company.
Netfira is the the key to a successful automation of procurement. The software solution based on innovative app technologies and AI enables procurement to transform itself into procurement of the future in order to remain future-oriented and competitive in the digital B2B world and to become an innovation driver for the entire company.