SAP and Deutsche Telekom Collab Revolutionises Procurement

Deutsche Telekom has chosen a SAP solution to accelerate its journey to the cloud to drive efficiency across key business functions, such as procurement

Technology is modernising industry left right and centre, across sectors and functions — and procurement is no different. The transformation kickstarted by digital technologies can have an equally transformative impact on procurement, and unlocks immense potential for organisations seeking a competitive edge — whether that be through embracing automation, AI, blockchain or data analytics.

The wealth of data that comes with digital solutions facilitates the leveraging of data analytics, patterns and trends, leading to more informed and strategic procurement decisions. And this approach is taking over at a rapid pace.

For example, telco Deutsche Telekom has chosen the RISE with SAP solution to accelerate its journey to the cloud, the first to do so through SAP’s partnership with T-Systems.

It’s what SAP is calling a significant milestone in its relationship with Deutsche Telekom — one of the most valuable German companies and world’s most valuable telcos.

SAP and Deutsche Telekom

A provider with more than 252 million mobile customers, 25 million fixed-network lines and 22 million broadband lines, RISE with SAP is set to transform a major part of its enterprise resource planning (ERP). To make this happen, T-Systems will migrate, consolidate and manage more than 300 systems into the public and private cloud using its Future Cloud Infrastructure (FCI) and select hyperscalers. 

“With SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Deutsche Telekom will be able to drive efficiency across key business functions such as logistics, procurement and finance,” Peter Leukert, Deutsche Telekom’s CIO said.

Peter Leukert, CIO at Deutsche Telekom

​​​​​​​Scott Russell, Member of the Executive Board of SAP added: “This investment by Deutsche Telekom will give them new capabilities, drive greater efficiencies and allow them to access key insights from across their enterprise so they can adjust to changing market conditions and seize new opportunities faster than they could before.

“We look forward to supporting Deutsche Telekom in this exciting new era of their cloud transformation.”

Deutsche Telekom’s Global Procurement function

The company states its procurement unit contributes to efficiency, quality and innovation by selecting suppliers carefully and ensuring competitive conditions.

It has an ongoing relationship with SAP, with a multifaceted partnership evolving over the years. The relationship extends beyond the implementation of RISE with SAP, having announced a variety of levels of partnership, including a global services partnership in 2010.

The pair collaborate across business process optimisation, innovation, cloud migration, industry-specific solutions and customer success, and demonstrates how strategic alignment aimed at driving long-term value and competitiveness prospers in the telecommunications market.

Ferri Abolhassan, Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom and CEO of T-Systems, said “Digitalisation, globalisation, sustainability — companies that can quickly adapt their business processes to new challenges stay ahead of the competition. T-Systems and RISE with SAP can provide organisations with exactly this flexibility.”

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