How Clariant transformed Invoicing with Ariba

Since 2009, Clariant has been leveraging technology from Ariba. But starting 2011 the internationally active specialty chemical company, its sights set on transforming its end-to-end purchase order and invoice management process into an automated, efficient and smart one.

The specialty chemical manufacturer decided to implement Ariba’s cloud-based solution to fuel smart process that reduces errors, speeds approvals and drives compliance.

About Clariant

Clariant is an internationally active specialty chemical company based near Basel, Switzerland, Europe. Clariant owns over 100 companies worldwide and employes about 16,200 employees. In 2010, Clariant had a turnover in excess of 7 billion Swiss Franks ($7.6 billion/ €5.6 billion).

Implementing Ariba’s Invoice Management and PO automation

Delivered on-demand via the Ariba Network, the Invoice Management and PO automation solutions provide Clariant with :

  • Move to a completely paperless PO & invoice management process in 100 days
  • Reduce operating costs by 70 percent or more
  • Eliminate exceptions and simplify and accelerate dispute resolution
  • Minimize risk of overpayments, duplicate payments and fraudulent payments
  • Comply with corporate and regulatory requirements
  • Effectively benchmark and measure performance

Results after implementing Ariba Cloud Services

A cloud-based solution delivered via the Ariba Network,Ariba Procurement Content integrates with Clariant’s SAP® system and provides the company with a complete content source of approved goods and services through a single user interface. Using the solution, Clariant is able to:

  • Requisition any type of good or service
  • Create a consumer-like shopping cart to simplify search, comparison, and buying
  • Rapidly enable supplier catalogs to maximize spend coverage and term compliance
  • Consolidate management of goods and services and optimize spend control
  • Automate catalog verification to speed catalog updates, reduce workload, and improve catalog accuracy
  • Identify and more efficiently collaborate with suppliers
  • Drive greater usability and increase adoption

Feedback from Clariant and Ariba

First, we give the floor to Peter Beyeler, Global eProcurement & Automation Manager, Clariant:

  • “Purchase order (PO) and invoice management is a highly paper-intensive and error-prone function,”
  • “As a company committed to operating at the highest levels of efficiencies, Clariant is taking action to fuel an automated process through which we can improve our cost structure and performance.”
  • “We recognized early on that the key to user adoption of any procurement system is providing an easy-to-use tool with current content.”
  • “Ariba Procurement Content lets us deliver a simple and intuitive shopping experience so that we can drive more spend through our system, ensure compliance with our contracts and realize greater savings.”

And now James Tucker, Director of Marketing, Invoice and Payment Solutions, Ariba:

  • “Accounts Payable teams spend inordinate amounts of time and effort processing paper invoices – from matching them with contracts and tracking POs and goods receipt to correcting errors and fielding supplier inquiries. Yet most companies still have limited visibility into the process, leaving them exposed to risks like overlooked billing discrepancies, missed discounts, and overpayments.”
  • “With Ariba Invoice Management and PO Automation, Clariant can execute a smart invoicing process that delivers greater visibility and control, improved contract compliance, and stronger supplier relationships.” 

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