• Achieving Significant Savings and Performance Improvements

    Achieving Significant Savings and Performance Improvements

    in Procure-to-Pay at a Major Global Technology Company


    We helped a global technology company accomplish an exceptional feat by slashing their Procure-to-Pay expenses by over $8 million in less than 6 months while increasing the payment-on-time to suppliers significantly. While going through this 8-week process improvement, we also established the required process management and governance capabilities to keep the process on track and enable future similar initiatives.


    Organization Background

    The technology company took a strategic leap forward with the creation of a dedicated Business Process Management (BPM) center of excellence as part of its enterprise-wide digital transformation initiatives. The primary focus was on process improvement and standardization, including procure-to-pay, supply-chain planning, and customer order management.

    By successfully improving the procure-to-pay process, the process organization established a solid foundation for future transformations, empowering the organization to achieve the desired productivity and performance enhancements.


    Business Challenges and Opportunities

    Several initiatives to improve supplier on-time-payment and reduce cost of the procurement process failed, including multiple Kaizen events. The enabling SAP software seems to work fine. A more effective and fast improvement approach is required.

    The new process transformation unit is looking for a systematic process management approach leveraging appropriate software tool. Signavio was selected for process modelling and mining and should now be used to support the procure-to-pay initiative.



    The pragmatic “Rapid Process Improvement” (RPI) approach was applied for the analysis of the existing processes and design of the to-be process which reflected the identified improvements and process standardization, including adjustments of the ERP configuration and automation approach. Process Management capabilities were developed in parallel to keep the procure-to-pay process on track and enable the core client team to apply the used approach in future initiatives.

    Process Improvement

    Fast and pragmatic work with process models to identify improvement opportunities and related actions in including procure-to-pay.

    End-to-End Process Optimization for Targeted Results

    Work in the end-to-end process context to achieve the targeted results while avoiding negative up or down stream effects.

    Business Process Repository Set-up

    and Incremental Roll-out: Set up a business process repository (Signavio). Create the repository content in a re-usable format while providing immediate for the project teams.

    Systematic Knowledge Transfer

    Systematic knowledge transfer and educational activities with face-to-face trainings combined with E-Learning components to facilitate and expedite enterprise-wide roll out.

    Process Governance Organization

    Define and implement simple process governance organization, using Procure-to-Pay as pilot — collaboration model, roles and responsibilities, governance processes, and the integration of process and data governance.

    BPM Playbook

    Develop a practical process management Playbook to sustain the BPM capabilities — key topics include methods and guidelines, best practices, repository management, governance, the approach to process-led projects, the value realization, process intelligence, and process automation.


    A compelling improvement of the Procure-to-Pay processes and lasting process management capabilities resulted in the following:

    • Significant improvements of Procure-to-Pay in 8 weeks project — including cost reduction of over $8M in less than 6 months and significant improvement of payment-on-time to suppliers.
    • Functional process governance organization for Procure-to-Pay, including appropriate control mechanisms, such as definition and measurement of KPIs.
    • Fully functional digital process repository, structured strategically to reflect the organization's key business capabilities – a foundation for future improvement initiatives.
    • Successfully trained and enabled key resources in the core process management team, as well as in business units in process management methods and tools so that they can take over those activities on an ongoing basis.
    • Operating model for the process management discipline, including process governance, is in place and guided through the BPM playbook — this creates a sustainable ongoing business process management capability that enables the enterprise-wide transformation.

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