Digital Supply Chain | Deloitte (2023)

Kinetic Supply Chain

Make the supply chain more responsive and resilient. Learn how Deloitte can help enable a built-to-evolve Kinetic Supply Chain with SAP solutions—to embed intelligent capabilities across planning, procurement, operations, and distribution.

Kinetic Procurement

Make a bigger impact with procurement. Deloitte's Kinetic Procurement capabilities can help differentiate your business and make procurement more integrated, innovative and proactive—using intelligent SAP solutions to drive new value.

Accelerate SAP Central Procurement Transformation with Deloitte

Turn procurement into a value engine. Deloitte can help enable an SAP Central Procurement hub—integrating multiple ERPs so you can better manage source-to-pay processes, consolidate spend, and unlock savings to fund ongoing transformation.

Central Procurement


Amid never-ending disruption, the procurement function has become increasingly critical to business success. Procurement today must pivot fast—to support new business models and priorities, to launch new products, to onboard alternate suppliers, and to enable efficiencies.

For organizations planning a transformation with SAP solutions such as SAP S/4HANA and SAP Ariba, the vision emerging is one of intelligent, flexible, disruption-ready procurement. And for many global businesses, especially those with diverse ERP landscapes, the journey may begin with SAP Central Procurement.

Deloitte can help you tap the full potential of SAP Central Procurement to harmonize sourcing and procurement processes, centrally monitor invoices, and generate analytic insights for more intelligent spend management—through seamless integration with back-end ERP systems.

End-to-end functionality

With SAP Central Procurement and help from Deloitte, you can lay a foundation for broader built-to-evolve procurement functionality—Kinetic Procurement—that extends to category management, contract management, supplier collaboration, and more. You can create an integrated, insights-driven digital hub—regardless of your ERP landscape, and without disrupting your existing ERP environment. Deployed on premises or in the cloud, this integrated, centralized procurement platform can serve as a single source for:

  • Guiding buying—with an integrated front-end portal for business users
  • Central requisitioning
  • Central purchasing
  • Central sourcing
  • Central purchasing contracts
  • Central invoice monitoring (for Cloud deployment)
  • Central analytics

By working with Deloitte to enable SAP Central Procurement, you can put the procurement function at the center of things, with integrated capabilities and services covering:

  • Cognitive spend
  • Supply and category management
  • Spend category management
  • Preconfigured e-procurement
  • Procurement strategy and operating model
  • Cloud procurement strategy
  • Supplier risk management
  • Procurement operations
  • Intelligent payments

Potential benefits

Deloitte can help you unlock a number of potential results with SAP Central Procurement and an integrated suite of solutions, including:

  • Enablement of procurement shared services—allowing you to control and manage the procurement processes of distributed environments via a single hub
  • Increased compliance, resulting from central governance and workflows
  • Ability to scale more readily and integrate heterogenous ERPs as your business evolves
  • Intelligently automated processes across the procure-to-pay spectrum, encompassing both direct spend and indirect spend
  • A unified, real-time view of data, spending, and savings across categories and business areas
  • Reduced off-contract spend, improved negotiations, and more competitive pricing—leveraging the effects of scale
  • Improved insights and tools that serve as levers to control spend
  • Simplified data, IT, and process landscape
  • A single source of the truth for supply/procurement decision-making
  • A scalable platform that can help address future disruption and support the built-to-evolve Kinetic EnterpriseTM
  • Greater efficiency and usability in supply/procurement processes
  • Cost savings across multiple business areas—from direct materials to vendor transactions
  • Greater control of rogue spending
  • Reduced supply chain risk
  • Improved supplier collaboration and action on discounts
  • Enhanced capabilities for business planning, what-if scenarios, spend modeling, and predictive/proactive operations

Make your vision real … faster

With SAP Central Procurement and help from Deloitte, you can rise above the chaos of “how” and get back to “why”—back to running your business. Deloitte brings a full set of services and solutions across the advise-implement-operate spectrum—to help you plan your transformation, effectively execute your vision, run an integrated procurement environment, and continuously improve the procurement function as needs evolve and disruption continues.

Using our proprietary accelerators and deep industry knowhow, Deloitte can help you create your vision for centralized procurement and take the necessary steps to make it real—from developing the business case for procurement transformation to implementing and integrating technology to managing change to running the solutions on an ongoing basis.

We can also help you sustain transformation impact through constant innovation—whether it’s adding mobile functionality, embedding IoT into your supply chain, driving processes with AI, or doing something else that can give you an edge.

A few additional ways we can help:

  • Our Central Procurement Lab can provide an interactive experience for exploring the possibilities for new value
  • Our SAP Central Procurement “touchless” starter kit enabled on cloud can help you rapidly stand up a baseline system and potentially reduce deployment time by 20%
  • Our Intelligent Buyer asset enabled by AI and machine learning, can assess spend patterns and provide intelligent insights to support smarter purchasing decisions and savings

A powerful team for transformation results

In addition to our 26,000 SAP-focused professionals and our industry-specific supply chain specialists, we also bring along specialists in finance, data, analytics, cloud, risk, tax, customer experience, and more—to help transform procurement with new technologies and drive outcomes that matter for your business.

We have been widely recognized by SAP for our ability to help clients realize results with SAP solutions. We have won numerous SAP Pinnacle Awards, SAP’s top honor. Recognition includes including the SAP Pinnacle Award as SAP S/4HANA Partner of the Year (Large Enterprise) for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, and 2021. We also earned the 2021 SAP Pinnacle Awards as Delivery Excellence Partner of the Year.

Make a bigger impact with your data

What’s your plan for transforming procurement—to help make a bigger impact for your business? Discover how Deloitte can help you make an impact with intelligent SAP solutions. Contact us to schedule a demo of SAP Central Procurement in action.


Harmonizing processes and building intelligent insights with SAP Central Procurement

With SAP Central Procurement, organizations can leverage harmonized sourcing and procurement processes based on SAP S/4HANA, including real-time integration with back-end ERP systems, without disrupting the ERP ecosystem.

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Procurement fraud detection

Digital practices in procurement and accounts payable create new openings for fraud or mistakes. Deloitte’s risk sensing solution for SAP Ariba delivers powerful capabilities for analyzing SAP- and non-SAP data to identify risks as they emerge.

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2019 Global CPO Survey

Internal engagement issues, external risks, talent challenges, and technology-related factors have entangled procurement organizations in a web of complexity. How can procurement officers find opportunities to move their organizations forward amid a challenging global landscape? The Deloitte Global Chief Procurement Officer Survey 2019 examines procurement complexity across four key areas: external, internal, talent, and digital and offers key actions for CPOs to consider.

A cloud plan for planning and procurement

How can you integrate SAP®Ariba®offerings, SAP S/4HANA®Cloud, and SAP®Integrated Business Planning to get the benefits of cloud and a modern digital core? Learn how Deloitte can help you address cloud-to-cloud needs across a number of areas.

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Beyond EDI - Unlocking new value with transactions enabled by SAP Ariba and the Ariba Network

For many organizations, electronic data interchange (EDI) remains the go-to-method for reliably exchanging the documents involved in buying and selling goods and services. But as the focus of business falls on engagement, collaboration, adaptability, and new value, many organizations have shifted their attention to solutions such as SAP Ariba and the Ariba Network, which serves as a modern digital platform for commerce. How does the Ariba Network compare with EDI? Explore some core differences here and discover what it takes to unlock value with SAP Ariba solutions.

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Digital Workforce for SAP Ariba

Deloitte’s Digital Workforce for SAP Ariba can help you rapidly deploy Intelligent technologies to drive new efficiencies in procurement processes—with pre-built bots and use cases that can bring next-level automation, accuracy, and quality.

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Intelligent spend. Intelligent team. Intelligent enterprise

Procurement and supply chain leaders today understand that the challenges of spend management are never-ending. Constant disruption creates a completely new business environment, requiring intelligent spend management and a new vision for the procurement function.

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Kinetic Procurement enabled with SAP Central Procurement

Cash is still king—and nobody knows it better than procurement leaders. Learn how Intelligent Spend Management and Central Procurement leverage SAP solutions to put procurement at the center of things—to keep products flowing to customers, unlock insights, and enable the “built to evolve” Kinetic Enterprise™.

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Reimagining direct materials spend management

Intelligently transform direct materials spend management with help from Deloitte. Move more strategically, operate more reliably, and innovate rapidly

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SAP Ariba and the transforming landscape of procurement

As the supply chain industry continues to evolve, SAP Ariba plays a key role in defining the future of procurement.

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Shifting to cloud - Accelerated procurement transformation

For organizations that rely on SAP Supplier Relationship Management and SAP E-Sourcing, today’s cloud technologies offer a chance to reimagine the supply chain. Learn how Deloitte can help transform procurement with SAP Ariba cloud solutions.

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Streamlining Travel and Expense in the Cloud Leveraging SAP®Concur®

Solutions from Concur offer a path to a more streamlined and user-friendly T&E process. With Concur Travel & Expense, organizations can simplify and integrate their T&E activities through an intuitive cloud-based solution.

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Take contract compliance to the next level

Learn how Deloitte can help you leverage SAP technology to take contract compliance to the next level, with an integrated digital and automated solution that can yield potentially significant benefits for your bottom line.

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The Conundrum of Spend Management

Spend Management is an important discipline, not just because it helps organizations provide visibility and reduce spend, but it also has an impact on income statements. Intelligent Spend Management is an important and relevant lever to tackle external factors like economic downturn and recession.

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Transforming source-to-pay processes with cloud

Transforming source-to-pay activities can bring big benefits, but how do you find a rapid path forward? Learn how Deloitte Accelerator for SAP Ariba can help you move fast with cloud capabilities for supply chain execution and collaboration.

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Deloitte bots for procurement and purchasing

Want to get more value from SAP Ariba implementations? Deloitte’s procurement and purchasing-focused bots can help by using RPA to take on a wide range of manual, repetitive tasks. Here’s a closer look.

Source-to-Pay Direct series

Procurement and Supply Chain leaders are faced with significant challenges to understand, manage and control the impact that direct material has on their organizations. This series of on-demand short videos is designed to give focused insights to address direct materials challenges.

The Kinetic Enterprise: Built to Evolve

A new podcast series is designed to help enterprise leaders get smart about the Kinetic Enterprise™—Deloitte’s vision for activating an intelligent, cloud-enabled organization that is built to evolve.

Case Studies

Deloitte achieves intelligent spend management

Deloitte is learning lessons first hand as it adopts SAP®Ariba®and SAP Fieldglass®solutions—to help enable intelligent spend management, generate savings, fund its own roll-out of SAP S/4HANA®, and support a “clean ERP” approach.

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Frederic Girardeau-Montaut -Managing Director -Deloitte Consulting LLP

Frederic is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Technology practice, leading our SAP Source-to-Pay and SAP Ariba business development and delivery activities. Frederic has 21 years of experience in business and practice development, procurement transformation, process improvement, IT strategy development and global project planning/execution, with a focus on global Procurement Transformation programs supported by SAP Source-to-Pay On Premise (SRM, Sourcing, CLM, SLC, MM, SNC, SPM) and SAP Ariba Cloud solutions.

Sanjib Mukherjee -Managing Director - Deloitte Consulting LLP

Sanjib is a Managing Director in Enterprise Operations with a focus on Technology enabled Supply Chain transformations, leveraging SAP and other ERP products. He has 20 years of deep industry and consulting experience across multiple industries. He has a proven track record of creating compulsive business cases of business led and technology enabled transformation initiatives. He specializes in visioning, planning, designing and implementing large global Supply Chain solutions leveraging Cloud and on-premise technologies in Enterprise Transformation Programs which has helped reduced cost, improved Supply Chain efficiency and performance and visibility. A thought leader, Sanjib has taken initiatives to develop solutions and POV's with key alliance partners which has been widely recognized in the market. Sanjib has authored whitepapers and presented in leading conferences focused on Supply Chain transformation success stores.

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Smart Factory—powered by SAP® Digital Manufacturing

If you want to build a smart factory, you’re not alone. In fact, 86% of surveyed manufacturers believe that smart factory initiatives will be the main driver of manufacturing competitiveness in the next five years[1]. But making manufacturing smart will take more than intelligent tools and processes. It will require a total approach to transformation—and a deep understanding of what’s possible. Deloitte can help.

Envision, build, and run the intelligent factory

To help you transform manufacturing and support tomorrow’s digital supply chain, Smart Factory by Deloitte combines industry-specific services plus a portfolio of SAP® solutions. The offering is designed to help you envision, build, and run the disruption-ready factory and enable intelligent capabilities that go beyond the traditional “four walls” of the shop floor.

Smart Factory enables a flexible system that can enhance performance across a broader network, self-adapting and learning from new conditions in real-time or near real-time, and autonomously run entire production processes across four key areas: secure, connected, transparent and agile.

Smart Factory is focused on helping manufacturers operate more efficiently, effectively, and securely with an integrated and intelligent production environment that can deliver new levels of insights, service, and bottom-line value for your business. It can also help support the “built to evolve” Kinetic Enterprise™—an intelligent, cloud-enabled enterprise capable of moving at the pace of disruption, operating with a clean core and an inclusive ecosystem of capabilities. The offering brings together a range of transformation services from Deloitte, as well as SAP® Industry 4.0 solutions and other SAP technologies:

Advisory Smart Factory services:

  • Deloitte SAP Digital Manufacturing Transformation Strategy
  • Deloitte Smart Factory Capability Diagnostic
  • Deloitte cybersecurity maturity assessment

Smart Factory technology implementation:

  • SAPS/4HANA® Manufacturing
  • SAP Digital Manufacturing Suite
  • SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud
  • SAP Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
  • SAP IoT Edge services
  • SAP Cloud Platform
  • SAP Fiori® and UI5 user experience and apps

Modular, flexible, and scalable shop floor operate services

  • Application management services (AMS) for shop floor technologies (OT-IT)
  • Evaluating the performance of OT-IT applications, interfaces, and equipment integration
  • Establishing a governance model to enable the effective delivery of services to support the shop floor
  • Implementing monitoring tools to increase the visibility of daily operations
  • Delivering services efficiencies through equipment automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions

Making the possible real

Smart Factory capabilities support the vision of the digital supply chain and help enable “built to evolve” manufacturing capabilities, providing functionality such as: Internet of Things (IoT) and vision analytics via the cloud, integration of the shop floor with SAP solutions for manufacturing and back-office processes, data-driven manufacturing insights, Labor tracking and efficiency and cyber risk management program.

Smart Factory can help you unlock increased value while getting ahead of challenges and reducing risks. Smart Factory leverages machine intelligence, connected sensors, advanced analytics, control tower capabilities, and other intelligent tools to help you address several potential use cases, including:

  • Factory asset intelligence and performance management—Apply data science tools to provide insights around improving factory floor operations
  • Quality sensing and detection—Prevent quality issues in near real-time while reducing the need for human quality inspections
  • Factory synchronization & dynamic scheduling— scarce factory resources for enhanced manufacturing and operational activities
  • Augmented workforce efficiency— Improve workforce efficiency through enhanced technologies and equipment
  • Plant consumption and energy management— Leverage contextual data to refine energy usage and reduce overhead costs
  • Smart warehousing solutions—Automate warehouse operations by analyzing inventory distribution and use rates
  • Smart conveyance— Enhance warehouse material transfers using digital orders and autonomous vehicles
  • Engineering collaboration | Digital twin— Use product performance data to improve design, engineering, and production
  • Cyber risk management—Design and implement a broad cyber management program that extends across the enterprise (OT and IT) to help identify, protect, respond to, and recover from cyberattacks by performing a cybersecurity maturity assessment, establishing a formal cybersecurity governance program that considers OT, prioritizes actions based on risk profiles, and builds in security

Potential benefits with Smart Factory

  • Greater insights and information transparency for intelligently automated processes and decision-making
  • Increased operational efficiency
  • Improved order fulfillment rates
  • Predictive, intelligently automated processes
  • A more connected, integrated OT/IT and process landscape
  • A unified, real-time view of operational data
  • Agility and responsiveness to address current needs and future disruption—and to support the “built to evolve” Kinetic Enterprise
  • Reduced supply chain risk
  • Greater overall impact from transformation, with the quality implementation of new technology

The Deloitte difference

Ready to transform the supply chain—from the factory floor to the customer’s door? Deloitte can help you achieve the desired impact from a manufacturing transformation. Our team understands not only how to help you deploy SAP solutions effectively—but how to align those technologies with how you aspire to operate and with your business goals. It’s about deeply understanding the details and the demands of your business—and then prioritizing them to help you make an impact.

Relationships are also key. Deloitte’s relationship with SAP dates back more than 30 years, with a lengthy history of collaboration and co-innovation. Today, our worldwide team of more than 25,000 SAP specialists brings a tested methodology for creating value with the “built to evolve” Kinetic Enterprise.

A smart next move

The future of operations will be smart. What’s your plan for bringing greater intelligence to your production processes—to help unlock greater value to your business? What’s your strategy for making manufacturing more connected, intelligent, and efficient?

A conversation with Deloitte can be an excellent place to begin. We can provide demonstrations of Smart Factory use cases, share additional transformation insights, or discuss a specific challenge your organization is facing. We can even help you better understand your challenges, leveraging the Smart Factory Capability Diagnostic tool as a first step. Contact us to get the conversation started.

[1]Source: Deloitte analysis of the 2019 Deloitte and MAPI Smart Factory Study data


A digital “control tower” for the procurement function

Learn how Deloitte can help airlines leverage SAP solutions to build back-office digital “control tower” capabilities—giving the procurement function fresh insights into fueling, food service, cabin cleaning, and other flight-related activities.

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Enabling SAP Extended Warehouse Management

How can you respond to disruption in the retail space, the supply chain, and your distribution function? For some, the way forward will involve SAP Extended Warehouse Management. Explore insights that can help you enable the solution effectively.

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An intelligent mobile work solution for manufacturing and warehouse operations

Smart Factory—powered by SAP®solutions

The future of the factory will be intelligent. Smart Factory by Deloitte can help, combining industry-specific services and innovative SAP®solutions—for an integrated environment that can deliver new levels of insights and bottom-line value.

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Case Studies

Ansaldo Energia - The work of creating power, seen in a new light

Helping a major energy generation equipment producer use Industry 4.0 methods to craft the plant of the future.

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IMA Sustain Ability

Using cloud architecture to improve asset availability, effectiveness, and maintenance in its equipment.

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Applying the power of SAP®Leonardo

Deploying a platform to collect large-scale heterogeneous data in a scalable way.

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Webinar: Smart Factories & Intelligent Manufacturing - A Primer

An On Demand IndustryWeek-hosted webinar, sponsored by SAP and Deloitte.

The Kinetic Enterprise: Built to Evolve

A new podcast series is designed to help enterprise leaders get smart about the Kinetic Enterprise™—Deloitte’s vision for activating an intelligent, cloud-enabled organization that is built to evolve.

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Jacob Gregg - Managing Director - Deloitte & Touche LLP

Jacob is a Managing Director in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Cyber Risk Services practice with over 15 years of experience assessing, designing, and implementing general computer controls, business process controls, application security controls, and segregation of duties (SoD) with special emphasis in the SAP environment. He has served as the Security and Controls team lead for multiple full lifecycle ERP implementations; is a leader in Deloitte’s SAP Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) practice assisting clients in various industries with their compliance initiatives; Jacob also serves in Deloitte’s quality control group assisting engagements with their internal risk management activities.

Stephen Laaper - Principal - Deloitte Consulting LLP

Stephen leads Deloitte Consulting’s Smart Factory practice, working with clients to create impact at the intersection of operations and technology. He is passionate about advanced manufacturing techniques, connecting the logical and physical world, and leveraging cognitive tools across the enterprise to build new capabilities and transform the productivity frontier.

Eduardo Morales - Managing Director - Deloitte Consulting LLP

Ed is a Managing Director in the firm’s SAP Practice. He has over 18 years of global consulting experience implementing SAP and optimizing processes in different industries. Ed is currently serving as the SAP Smart Factory lead for Deloitte and he is focused on assisting clients with supply chain transformations and end-to-end SAP implementations

He has led and delivered several medium and large-scale global projects and has a track record of success and deep knowledge of Shop floor, Quality Management, Plant Maintenance, Logistics, and end-to-end Supply Chain integration. His experience spans a wide variety of industries including Consumer Products, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Chemicals and Automotive.

Vadhi Narasimhamurti - Principal - Deloitte Consulting LLP

Vadhi Narasimhamurti is a partner in Deloitte’s SAP practice. His focus is to help Consumer Products clients improve their supply chain efficiencies largely through SAP enabled business transformations. He is a leader in the Supply Chain practice and his expertise spans the breadth of the supply chain from planning, procurement, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution. Vadhi leads the IoT practice from a Supply chain standpoint and has been driving the thinking around leveraging Industry 4.0 Technologies to enable Smart Operations.

Synchronized Planning


Powering up predictive business planning

Demand planning and supply planning both hinge on having the right insights at the right time. Make the wrong call, and the consequences can include lost productivity, higher operating costs, excess inventory sitting on the books, product loss, or an inability to deliver to customers as expected—to name only a few.

Make planning more intelligent, predictive, and integrated, and you can avoid or reduce perennial challenges—such as excess inventory, insufficient inventory, products being stored far from where they are needed, or products moving through the supply chain at the wrong time.

Integrated and insights-driven—for impact

Deloitte’s Synchronized Planning solution can help you take integrated business planning to the next level. Synchronized Planning combines a number of SAP® solutions plus services from Deloitte to deliver a tightly integrated, intelligent planning environment focused on generating new bottom-line value for your business. Synchronized Planning encompasses: SAP Integrated Business Planning, SAP Supply Chain Control Tower, SAP® Ariba® cloud solutions for procurement, SAP S/4HANA®, SAP Cloud Platform and SAP Analytics Cloud.

Connected to address complexity

Synchronized Planning can help you build a cohesive, more predictive planning environment driven by intelligent technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. The solution helps address today’s complex business planning challenges, providing digital functionality for three key needs: Uniformity, insights and efficiency.

Capabilities to help you elevate planning

With an integrated Synchronized Planning solution, you can get a more complete view across demand, model different scenarios, and leverage predictive machine intelligence capabilities to get ahead of needs and challenges. Synchronized Planning is designed to intelligently analyze data to automate key supply chain processes, supporting capabilities that include:

  • Predictive sensor-driven replenishment
  • Autonomous transportation and “last mile” delivery optimization
  • Cognitive source-to-contract capabilities
  • Automated purchase-to-pay functionality
  • Intelligent procurement operation management

Synchronized Planning is designed to deliver key capabilities across the entire strategic-to-operational spectrum, including:

  • Dynamic flow optimization
  • Responsive demand-supply matching
  • Supply network design
  • Intelligent demand management
  • Portfolio lifecycle planning
  • Enterprise plan reconciliation

Potential benefits with Synchronized Planning

  • Reduction in excess inventory
  • More efficient use of resources
  • Improved customer satisfaction
  • Improved transportation capacity/operations
  • Reduction of warehouse constraints and potential space needs
  • Workforce optimization
  • Reduced waste (including product shelf-life and spoilage issues)
  • Intelligently automated processes across the planning spectrum
  • A unified, real-time SAP Supply Chain Control Tower view of data
  • Responsiveness to address future disruption and support the “built to evolve” Kinetic Enterprise™
  • Reduced supply chain risk

The Deloitte difference

Deloitte can help you achieve maximum impact from a planning transformation. Our team understands not only how to help you deploy SAP solutions effectively—but how to align those technologies with the way you operate and with your business goals. It’s about deeply understanding the details and the demands of your business—and then prioritizing them to help you make an impact.

Deloitte’s work on behalf of clients has earned us the 2019 North America SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass Services Partner of the Year (2019) Award, as well as multiple SAP® Pinnacle Awards.

Planning the next step

There’s no end in sight for business disruption. How will you plan for it—and how will you transform your planning capabilities so that you can respond rapidly no matter what the future throws at your business? As you explore answers, a conversation with Deloitte can be a great start. We can provide a demo of Synchronized Planning in action, share additional transformation insights, or discuss a specific challenge your organization is facing. Contact us to get the conversation started.


Kinetic Supply Chain - Realizing value fast with built-to-evolve capabilities for a constantly evolving business environment

Learn how a built-to-evolve Kinetic Supply Chain can help you enable greater business flexibility and innovation—with a modular approach for bringing intelligent, preconfigured capabilities to planning, procurement, distribution, and operations.

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Deloitte Exponential Supply Chain (DESC) Powered by SAP S/4HANA®

Deloitte Exponential Supply Chain, powered by SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management, provides a preconfigured solution to help you rapidly streamline processes, unlock insights, improve decision-making, and transform your business. Learn more.

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Digitize supplier collaboration with SAP®Supplier Portal

Collaborating with suppliers has never been more important. Deloitte can help you leverage SAP S/4HANA® Supplier Portal to replace legacy methods so you can move faster, generate savings, and unlock new insights.

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Inventory Planning and Optimization with SAP IBP

How much inventory is ideal? From setting service target levels and lead times to managing demand variability, learn to calculate and plan the best way to handle your inventory. Configure SAP Integrated Business Planning for inventory and model your supply network.

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Managing third parties in the digital era

A modern third-party management solution can help improve supplier management, increase customer trust, and boost compliance. Explore insights that can help you activate next-generation capabilities with SAP solutions.

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Synchronized Planning – Building a predictive, insights-driven enterprise

by Deloitte leverages SAP solutions to create an integrated planning environment, provide a more complete view across demand and supply, model scenarios, and enable predictive capabilities for getting ahead of challenges.

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Ten weeks to value: Jump start supply chain improvements with SAP Integrated Business Planning

Supply chain leaders know that the supply chain itself is the subject of endless scrutiny from the business at large—when times are tough, it’s a natural target for cost-cutting, and at times of growth, supply chain planning can play a big role in addressing increased demand. As a result, many view the supply chain as a constant work in progress—and have enlisted a host of tools such as SAP’s Integrated Business Planning suite (IBP) to help.

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Case Studies

Casting a new standard for real-time data visibility in manufacturing

Implementing IoT capabilities on top of SCADA and MES to collect and standardize data in heavy manufacturing.

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Gruppo Cimbali

Driving control and supply chain excellence so they can sip with confidence

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Measuring production quality

Leveraging SAP®solutions to help modern metal-forming processes benefit from continuous, data-driven refinement.

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The Kinetic Enterprise: Built to Evolve

A new podcast series is designed to help enterprise leaders get smart about the Kinetic Enterprise™—Deloitte’s vision for activating an intelligent, cloud-enabled organization that is built to evolve.

SAP High Tech

Explore the potential value enterprise leaders can deliver with SAP Integrated Business Planning, SAP S/4HANA®, and SAP®Ariba®solutions.

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Deb Bhattacharjee -Partner, Deloitte Consulting LLP -

Deb brings in over 20 years of experience in technology and technology enabled business transformation. He has served more than 70 companies in architecting their business transformation vision and led large transformations programs. His experience spans variety of clients in different industries and building strategic transformation blueprint to executing large transformation such as helping consolidate several business units into one entity. He also has market eminence as a thought leader in Supply Chain and led Deloitte’s Supply Chain activities across North Americas. Prior to Deloitte, Deb has served i2 Technologies, SAP, Sun Microsystems and Ernst & Young. Civil Engineer by training, he holds degrees in Engineering and Management from top schools: Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Management, Asian Institute of Technology and Purdue University. Deb brings in strategic thinking, deep business transformation experience, depth in supply chain, experience working in industry, s/w vendor and consulting, deep problem solving skills and hands on attitude to the table.

Subit Mathew -Managing Director -Deloitte Consulting LLP

Subit is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Enterprise Performance Consulting Practice. He specializes in advising companies on Supply Chain Mgmt., IT roadmap strategies, ERP business case development as well as planning, managing & delivering global SAP S/4HANA transformation programs.

Drawing on his industry & consulting experience, Subit serves as an advisor to senior executives on applying innovations leveraging latest technology from SAP. These efforts have helped organizations drive supply chain cost optimization, reduce working capital, and maximize supply chain operational efficiencies. His areas of expertise include re-engineering processes across Supply Chain Management, Product Lifecycle Management, Sales & Service capabilities. He has worked with companies of all sizes across the Life Sciences/Medical Devices, Consumer Products, F&B, Industrial Products & Chemicals, Automotive & Semiconductor Hi-tech manufacturing sectors.

Subit has held a variety of leadership positions at Deloitte and currently serves as Deloitte’s US SAP Supply Chain Market Offering Leader. Subit is also a frequent speaker at numerous SAP conferences and Universities on topics related to SCM process and technology transformations.

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Digital Supply Chain | Deloitte? ›

What is a digital supply chain? A digital supply chain is a supply chain that leverages digital technologies and data analytics to guide decision-making, optimize performance, and quickly respond to changing conditions.

What is meant by digital supply chain? ›

What is a digital supply chain? A digital supply chain is a supply chain that leverages digital technologies and data analytics to guide decision-making, optimize performance, and quickly respond to changing conditions.

What is an example of a digital supply chain? ›

Technologies such as GPS tracking, radio frequency identification (RFID), barcodes, smart labels, location-based data and wireless sensor networks all play a part in a digital supply chain.

What is the difference between supply chain and digital supply chain? ›

The traditional supply chain process involves taking raw materials and making a physical product that is then transferred to a consumer. In contrast, the digital supply chain process involves creating a digital product and delivering it to the customer.

Is digital supply chain the future? ›

The digital supply chain will continue to become more integrated and collaborative, with different parts of the supply chain working together more closely than ever before. This could include the use of shared platforms and technologies, as well as the adoption of industry-wide standards and protocols.

Is Amazon an electronic supply chain? ›

Amazon Supply Chain: Technology

The Amazon supply chain management approach is to embrace technology. The company utilizes countless automation and robotic solutions, both to pick and pack orders as well as stacking and storing inventory.

What are the disadvantages of digital supply chain? ›

Drawbacks. Of course, digital supply chains are not perfect. Since they leverage internet-enabled digital technologies, they introduce an element of cybersecurity risk. For example, IoT sensors and smart systems are vulnerable to cyberattacks and data breaches.

What are the 5 pillars of supply chain? ›

The five pillars of supply chain resilience
  • Pillar 1 – Vulnerability. ...
  • Pillar 2 – Management Culture. ...
  • Pillar 3 – Procurement. ...
  • Pillar 4 – Operations. ...
  • Pillar 5 – Demand & Visibility.

What are the four 4 main elements of a supply chain? ›

Integration, operations, purchasing and distribution are the four elements of the supply chain that work together to establish a path to competition that is both cost-effective and competitive.

What are the essentials of successful digital supply chain? ›

According to PwC, a Digital Supply Chain has eight elements: integrated planning and execution, logistics visibility, Procurement 4.0, smart warehousing, efficient spare parts management, autonomous and B2C logistics, prescriptive supply chain analytics, and digital supply chain enablers.

What is the impact of digital supply chain? ›

(2022) state that a digitalized supply chain can promote supply chain visibility and enable flexible adjustment of structure, organization, and capabilities, improving product quality and enhancing supply chain efficiency while helping the supply chain achieve resilience.

What is a digital first supply chain? ›

A digital supply chain is a modern, technology-enabled version of a traditional supply chain that leverages next-generation technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), blockchain for optimal visibility and fastest possible movement of goods in a supply chain.

What are the new digital trends in supply chain? ›

AI, IoT & Cloud Technology Continues to Trend

The next generation of supply chain trends will also be supported by advanced technologies including computing & Machine Learning (AI/ML), the Internet of Things (IoT), robot process automation (RPA), and Augmented Reality (AR).

What to expect for 2023 supply chain? ›

2023 is expected to bring advancements in automation, sustainability, and resilience in supply chain operations. Digitization, greater collaboration, and innovation will be keys to staying ahead of changing customer demands and market disruptions.

What is Blockchain in supply chain? ›

With blockchain, supply chain companies can document production updates to a single shared ledger, which provides complete data visibility and a single source of truth. Because transactions are always time-stamped and up to date, companies can query a product's status and location at any point in time.

What is Stage 4 of supply chain digitization? ›

The Fourth Stage – Demonetization

In this fourth stage, the technology becomes exponentially mature and becomes cheaper, often to the point of being free.

What are the seven dimensions of digital supply chain management? ›

They have divided SCM into seven dimensions which are suppliers, production, inventory and logistics, customers, information technology, human resources and performance measurement (see figure 2).

What is an example of digital logistics? ›

What is digital logistics?
  • Inventory management.
  • Transportation management.
  • Warehousing and warehouse management systems (WMS)
  • Supply chain forecasting and analytics.
  • Customer notifications and real-time shipment tracking.
Oct 29, 2021

What is the main focus of digital supply chain to minimize? ›

A Digital Supply Chain helps to reduce the planning time while saving on labor and fuel costs.

What are the five steps to digital implementation? ›

What are the 5 vital steps for a successful digital transformation?
  1. Define your goals and objectives. Before you start anything, you need to know what you want to achieve. ...
  2. Create a cross-functional team. ...
  3. Implement new technologies. ...
  4. Change your culture. ...
  5. Measure your success.
Aug 17, 2022

What is Apple's supply chain? ›

Apple's supply chain is a complex and intricate system responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of its products. It is a global network of suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors who collaborate to ensure that Apple products are delivered to consumers quickly and effectively.

What are the four types of supply chain in e commerce? ›

These related activities, functions, people and organizations when together make a supply chain, which comprises four primary activities including production, sales, distribution, and fulfillment process.

What is Walmart supply chain strategy? ›

What is Walmart's supply chain strategy? Walmart's supply chain strategy is highly focused on direct, long-term relationships with manufacturers, distributors, and ecommerce businesses. The goal is to reduce the number of touchpoints within the supply chain to reduce lead times and speed up fulfillment.

Why should business switch to a digital supply chain? ›

Why Does Digital Transformation Matter In Supply Chain Management? Digitization in supply chain management empowers your planning, sourcing, and logistics teams to collaborate, automate and effectively leverage analytics. It has also proven to drive growth, mitigate risk, and optimize costs.

What are 3 disadvantages of digital transmission? ›

Disadvantages could include issues of easy deletion, security, and theft. Communicate technical information about how some technological devices use the principles of wave behavior and wave interactions with matter to transmit and capture information and energy.

What are 5 disadvantages of digital marketing? ›

Limitations of Digital Marketing
  • Skills Requirement. In order to effectively carry out marketing campaigns, it is important that the company has the proper expertise and knowledge about the digital platform. ...
  • High Competition. ...
  • Time-consuming. ...
  • Dependability on Technology. ...
  • Feedback and Complaints. ...
  • Security and Privacy Issues.
Mar 14, 2023

What are the 7 C's of supply chain management? ›

We identify, based on the literature, the '7 Cs of supply chain management': Connect, Create, Customise, Coordinate, Consolidate, Collaborate and Contribute.

What are the 7 parts of the supply chain? ›

While supply chain is a very broad career field, it has 7 primary functional areas: Purchasing, Manufacturing, Inventory Management, Demand Planning, Warehousing, Transportation, and Customer Service.

What are the 7 primary functional areas of supply chain? ›

Seven Basic Steps Of Supply Chain Management To Ensure The Success Of Any Business
  • Planning.
  • Procurement.
  • Production Planning.
  • Inventory Management.
  • Warehousing.
  • Logistics.
Apr 19, 2021

What is the most problematic trend in the supply chain? ›

Port congestion. Port congestion caused by the pandemic remains one of the top challenges for the world's supply chains, seeing as port owners, carriers, and shippers are collectively still scrambling for a viable solution to this problem.

What is the difference between logistics and supply chain? ›

Key differences between SCM and logistics include:

Logistics focus on the efficient and cost-effective delivery of goods to the customer. Supply chain management controls the development of raw materials into finished goods that move from the supplier to producer to warehouse to retailers and/or consumers.

What is supply chain in simple words? ›

A supply chain is the network of all the individuals, organizations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product. A supply chain encompasses everything from the delivery of source materials from the supplier to the manufacturer through to its eventual delivery to the end user.

What is supply chain digital transformation? ›

A supply-chain digital transformation, then, is about establishing a vision for how digital applications can improve service, cost, agility, and inventory levels and consistently implementing process and organizational changes that use these technologies to drive operational excellence.

What is the digital supply chain bullwhip effect? ›

In a supply chain, the bullwhip effect occurs when each party gradually escalates an initially small spike in demand. Each member of the supply chain overcompensates for this demand with excess product, leading to increased production, inaccurate demand forecasting, and inconsistent inventories.

What does a digital supply chain manager do? ›

The job of a digital supply chain manager usually includes tasks such as: Using predictive analytics tools and automated replenishment to more effectively meet businesses' inventory needs. Managing the operation and implementation of software systems such as ERP suites and digital logistics platforms.

What does a digital supply chain specialist do? ›

Their primary duties are to manage product development, monitor inventory, supervise transportation and storage, and oversee other day-to-day supply chain logistics for their company or organization.

What are the disadvantages of a digital supply chain? ›

Drawbacks. Of course, digital supply chains are not perfect. Since they leverage internet-enabled digital technologies, they introduce an element of cybersecurity risk. For example, IoT sensors and smart systems are vulnerable to cyberattacks and data breaches.

How do you digitize supply chain? ›

Supply chain digitization is all about ensuring that different supply chain tools work together to optimize process integration. This involves bringing accurate data and processes together under one unified platform to provide end-to-end visibility. Many businesses choose to build their supply chain software in-house.

Is SCM a stressful job? ›

Supply chain management can be rewarding, but it isn't for everybody. SCM professionals typically work long hours under heavy stress. Problems arise quickly and unexpectedly and demand immediate solutions—think resolving a last-minute shipping issue halfway across the world in the middle of the night.

Why study digital supply chain? ›

This allows undergraduates to better grasp the entirety of supply chains and logistics processes, work on real-world problems, and come up with innovative solutions.

Is supply chain a high demand job? ›

Procurement, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management are some of the fastest growing fields nationwide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of logisticians is projected to grow 30 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.


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