The UAE government-led diversified economic growth initiatives, for example, the UAE Vision 2021 and UAE Vision 2071 are bold visions for digitally transforming the country’s economy, society, and surroundings, said Claudio Muruzabal, SAP President for Southern Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
The SAP Ariba deployment is aligned with government-led digital transformation and the goals of economic growth, job creation, and environmental maintainability. Helping UAE and regional suppliers, Expo 2020 and SAP has run a chain of onboarding summits for Expo’s valued supply chain network.
Expo 2020 Dubai is using SAP Ariba solutions to digitize and automate procurement for more than 25,000 of its local and global suppliers that have already dealt more than Dh1 billion in spending on the platform.
“By digitizing its procurement, Expo 2020 Dubai is highlighting its commitment to driving long-term business growth in the region and beyond. SMEs will play a major role in supplying Expo, especially as the event’s procurement needs shift from construction to interior fit-outs, facilities management, and technology services,” added Muruzabal.
“Through this collaborative and mobile-friendly platform, registered suppliers can participate in sourcing events, negotiate and sign contracts, as well as submit invoices and track payments in real-time. Expo and SAP will continue to provide ongoing one-on-one support, including a dedicated helpdesk to guide suppliers throughout the evolution to digital transactions and processes.”
The SAP Ariba procurement solutions are running on the SAP UAE public cloud data center, and connect to Ariba Network empowering purchasers and suppliers to connect and transact. Expo 2020 Dubai can also gain scalability, flexibility, and data security by running on the cloud as the event rolls out.