|[April 10, 2014]
GL Precision Enhances Customer Collaboration with Ariba
ROME --(Business Wire)--
Business is all about connections. But linking to customers can be a
challenge. With multiple systems and data formats to manage, even the
simplest tasks - such as sending orders and invoices - can become time
consuming and complicated. And for smaller enterprises, this can be
crippling. But it doesn't have to be. GL Precision, a supplier of high
precision mechanical components and assembled modules, for instance is
leveraging the Ariba®
Network to connect and collaborate with its customers in new and
innovative ways that drive competitive advantage. And an increasing
number of the companies gathered this week at Ariba
LIVE Rome, the premier business commerce event being hosted by Ariba,
an SAP (News - Alert) Company, are following suit.
"GL Precision saw the benefits in electronically connecting with
customers early on," said Hans Swinkels, Financial Controller, GL
Precision. "But we quickly realized that in order to reap them, we
needed a single platform from which we could do it."
That's because although the company was issuing purchase orders and
invoices electronically from its ERP system, it often had to re-enter
them into the systems of its customers - or even call them in by phone.
"It was very time consuming and we found that not all of them were being
received," said Swinkels. "The result was a lack of transparency which
made it increasingly difficult to manage the processes."
And then one of its customers invited GL Precision to join the Ariba
Network, an open trading platform through which companies can discover,
connect and collaborate - regardless of the backend systems they are
The company quickly connected its ERP system - the SAP®
Business One™ application - to the network using a simple
integration adapter and enabled a completely automated order and
invoicing process that is both more transparent and collaborative.
As a result of the move, GL Precision is able to create and send
purchase orders and corresponding invoices directly from SAP Business
One to customers on the Ariba Network without any manual intervention.
And this has led to:
Reduction in errors
Easier dispute resolution
"In their early days, networks were all about connecting companies more
efficiently to perform a discreet process," said Rachel Spasser, Chief
Marketing Officer, Ariba. "Today, forward-thinking companies like L
Precision are using them to break down the barriers to collaboration and
transform their businesses."
Used by more than 1.5 million companies to conduct over half a trillion
in commerce on an annual basis, the Ariba Network is the world's largest
and most global business-to-business trading platform. To learn more
about the network and the value it can deliver for your organization,
About GL Precision
GL Precision, a member of the GL Group, is a supplier of high precision
mechanical components and complete assembled modules. The company,
located in Eindhoven, Netherlands, has grown in 50 years from a family
company into a large company with almost 150 motivated employees and is
still expanding. GL Precision serves customers in various markets such
as aerospace, semicon, optical and the scientific market. Their
customers are spread over approximately 10 different countries around
the world including Germany, USA, Japan, and Switzerland. GL Precision's
main business is in milling/turning and grinding machining,
micro-lasermachining, clean room activities, quality monitoring, project
management and engineering. With ultra-modern and state of the art
equipment, they are able to produce highly accurate parts and modules
with high quality and short lead times. Due to their wide range of
in-house activities, they are able to produce a product from start to
finish. They are ISO 9001 certified, AS 9100 for aero-space and IS14001
About Ariba, an SAP Company
Ariba is the world's business commerce network. Ariba combines
industry-leading cloud-based applications with the world's largest
web-based trading community to help companies discover and collaborate
with a global network of partners. Using the Ariba® Network,
businesses of all sizes can connect to their trading partners anywhere,
at any time from any application or device to buy, sell and manage their
cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Companies around
the world use the Ariba Network to simplify inter-enterprise commerce
and enhance the results that they deliver. Join them at: www.ariba.com
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