JAGGAER/Tejari: holistic supplier management during COVID-19
To support businesses thro...
Business Chief takes a look at JAGGAER/Tejari white paper on the importance of holistic supplier management during COVID-19.
To support businesses through the current outbreak of COVID-19, JAGGAER/Tejari - a leading spend management organisation - has released a white paper addressing the importance of holistic supplier management.
Within the paper the organisation discusses the importance of supplier management and how it can impact the success of an organisation amidst the current pandemic, as well as the challenges and opportunities relating to streamlined operations.
“Supplier management is the optimisation of what comes into your company so that you can optimise what goes out. It is at the very heart of procurement and managing suppliers effectively to perform in harmony with your business strategy is rather like composing an orchestral piece of music and conducting all the instruments in the orchestra,” commented Hossam Refaat, Managing Director, JAGGAER/Tejari MENA.
“Each supplier brings something different and unique, some play a leading part, some a minor one, some in the foreground, some in the background, but they all have a role to play in the organisation's success,” added Refaat.
Within the paper, JAGGAER/Tejari reveals that until recently many organisations have relied on the combination of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), the category knowledge of individual procurement managers and staff members, and intuition to manage suppliers, “which is no longer feasible in today's market,” said JAGGAER/Tejari.
The benefits of a holistic supplier approach
Within the paper JAGGAER/Tejari details that “Holistic supplier management includes the operational and transactional elements, as well as the ability to identify new suppliers, integrate suppliers into an ecosystem they can fully participate in, assess supplier risk, and make decisions based on that risk.”
In addition it provides the data needed to drive sourcing and category management strategies, as well as the ability to meet the needs of multiple departments and stakeholders that rely on procurement; the ability to comply with internal and external regulatory framework; and the capability to promote sensible decision making.
JAGGAER/Tejari reflects that “COVID-19 has highlighted the fact supply shortages can happen, and that unfortunately many suppliers will not recover financially. This underscores the importance of a holistic overview of suppliers, the supply chain, and the ability to adjust and adapt to new market conditions while ultimately further underscoring the increased importance placed on procurement.”
By harnessing smart procurement technology, organisations can make informed strategic decisions about which suppliers best support their goals and provide visibility into their performance with real-time data and analysis.
“Organisations undertaking these necessary protocols will be those that navigate the current COVID-19 pandemic more easily and gain the competitive advantage moving forward,” concluded Rafaat.
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NetNumber: Time for a cloud-native transformation
NetNumber is accelerating the transition in the telecom industry to 5G as it starts a shift to cloud-native architecture to address the fast-paced demands of global subscribers and businesses.
NetNumber is offering the industry’s first cloud-native platform designed to ensure InterGENerational™ network performance addresses both the legacy and next-generation requirements of telecom networks.
“NetNumber has developed the industry’s most robust cloud-native, InterGENerational platform that addresses both the legacy and 5G requirements of telcos,” said Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer of NetNumber.
The platform provides vertical and horizontal scale-out with low latency, coupled with a suite of data replication capabilities, which provide flexible architectural options that can evolve with the changing network over time.
“Cloud-based solutions from other vendors tend to be limited in terms of supporting particular network generations or protocols. We’ve created our latest platform TITAN.IUM to allow customers to take any generation of applications, any generation of legacy services and protocols and move them into the new world of cloud-native architecture,” said Rosenberg.
“This is a really important part for a carrier to harmonise their network, bring data services together, bring legacy with new together in order to make a more effective and efficient network, as well as reduce their cost as they scale forward,” he said.
Established in 1999, NetNumber has fostered a strong team environment that leverages the industry’s best skills to offer software solutions tailored for carriers of all dimensions. Based outside of Boston and with presence in over 20 countries, the company delivers a range of products that address all generations (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) of network functions in the core network, deep rooted security products and services, STIR/ SHAKEN and set of options around data services in more than 90 countries.
Steeped in experience in building telecom solutions, software, protocol stacks, and integration of third party tools, the company’s development organisation has proven to supply to the industry with the most reliable and flexible solutions on the market.
“At NetNumber, we focus on our core competencies – we are dedicated to providing industry expertise in signaling, routing, security, subscriber management and data services. We provide customers a strong ROI through platform-based solutions that reduce Capex and Opex in the long-term,” commented Rosenberg.
Five reasons why customers choose NetNumber:
- Expertise - NetNumber has experts with deep knowledge in signaling/routing, security, and subscriber database management.
- Integration - An industry-first platform brings together domain services, applications, security, and global data services.
- Scale - NetNumber has the ability to seamlessly increase network efficiency using vertical and horizontal scaling.
- Speed - World-class solutions have the power to help companies create new service offerings and accelerate time to ROI.
- Savings - Customers enjoy significant savings in capex and opex, flexible deployment models, and investment protection.
NetNumber and Virgin Mobile MEA
“We're very proud of our partnership with Virgin Mobile MEA as they've taken the concept of the InterGENerational platform into their regional network strategy,” commented Rosenberg. “That’s accelerated how they develop exceptional services across the Middle East and Africa region.
“We work with them hand-in-hand to deliver multiple applications onto our platform which has enabled them to provide exceptional, advanced and innovative services to their customers across the Middle East, who demand high quality services.
“What they've really taken advantage of is scale. What I mean by that is they are putting multiple generations of applications and services onto the same platform and distributing that data across their network. That has resulted in an advantageous position of time to market and operational savings.
“Rather than having different applications for many different vendors that cause operational chaos, they've been able to consolidate that and reduce their operating costs by having everything on one common architecture. We’ve had a long-term relationship with Virgin Mobile in Saudi Arabia, and recently signed an agreement with Virgin Mobile in Kuwait.”
Rosenberg says that with these solutions, Virgin Mobile MEA can take advantage of getting to the market much quicker and faster—which is what today’s discerning customer demands.