Wednesday, 09 June 2021 09:42

The Intelligent Enterprise for Wholesale Distribution

Written by Florian Hans
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In my last SAP Community blog, I wrote about how market pressure is driving companies to find new business models like becoming a value-added services distributor, an “anything, anywhere, anytime” distributor, or a solution-oriented distributor.  You can learn more about the evolving industry dynamics in this white paper.

Whatever direction an organization plans to take, SAP can help develop an intelligent enterprise architecture to meet its unique needs.  We have the elements and tools to support wholesale distributors on their journey, no matter the starting point.

Our intelligent suite helps customers drive end-to-end processes in all areas of their organization including supplier, customer and employee relations, products, services, and finance.

Our complete offering is enriched by industry-specific cloud solutions from SAP and our partner ecosystem, which is a market differentiator.  Also included is a business process intelligence solution to understand where processes can be improved, innovated, or automated.  We can also help companies evaluate their business with the latest benchmarking tools to understand how they compare to peers in the industry.

All these solutions are woven together using the SAP Business Technology Platform.  It also enables customers to differentiate themselves from the competition by accelerating business outcomes with integration, data to value, and extensibility.

Even better, these solutions can run seamlessly in an SAP data center or hyperscaler to provide the lowest possible total cost of ownership.

Hot off the press from SAPPHIRE NOW Global Keynote, SAP Business Network allows distributors to unify all points of interaction and integration across trading partners to move faster and smarter than ever before.  This unified network approach harmonizes data across previously disconnected supply chains into a unified, collaborative, and intelligent network leveraging various solutions like SAP Ariba, Logistics Network, and Asset Intelligence Network.  This digitized approach to doing business allows distributors to take a data-centric approach across the end-to-end supply chain.

I mentioned that industry cloud solutions are a key differentiator for SAP, especially in such an industry as wholesale distribution.  SAP is incredibly grateful for a strong partner ecosystem, of which I’d like to highlight a few top-of-mind solutions.

Let’s start with DataXstream, whose vision is to build a team of the industry’s best SAP technologists that creates products and solutions to help drive our employees’, partners’, and customers’ successes.  DataXstream was recently awarded SAP App Center Partner of the Year Award because its OMS+ counter

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