DIG Partner Day 2023: NO LIMITS Competence for Purchasing

The individual speakers at the DIG NO LIMITS Partner Day in Linz showed how buyers can become the rock stars in the company: from the further development of eProcurement in partnership, to the topic of strategic spend analyses with enormous value-added potential, to the decarbonization of supply chains and the generation of data for sustainability reporting in accordance with CSRD (Corporate Social Responsibility Directive).

Whether eProcurement or automated document processing, the digitalization of purchasing delivers unimagined value contributions to the company result - and forms the springboard to the C-level in management. With the increasing importance of LkSG and decarbonization or sustainability reporting according to CSRD, the potential for new value contributions through sustainable supply security, optimization of purchasing structures and purchasing initiatives in sourcing is also increasing! With Guided Buying, DIG pursues the best-of-breed approach to make special solutions available, for example, for supply chain monitoring via a single point of purchase and to use relevant information in other processes as well. The speakers at the DIG NO LIMITS Partner Day demonstrate the dynamic development of DIG's cooperations for a practice-relevant further development of our solutions.

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Kleemann, Munich University of Applied Sciences

The opening lecture by Prof. Dr. Kleemann at the DIG Partner Day, which was held remotely due to a scheduling conflict, deals with the tension between the challenges of purchasing against the background of excessive demands and development opportunities. Among other things, the development stages of purchasing up to Purchasing 4.0, the VUCA challenge and possible solution strategies will be considered.

Prof. Dr. Kleemann is an experienced management consultant, author, coach and speaker as well as professor for supply chain management at the University of Applied Sciences Munich.

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Presentation "Decarbonization of supply chains and sustainability reporting according to CSRD", Alina Biermann, carbmee

Depending on the sector, up to 80% of CO2 in industry is caused in the upstream supply chain (Scope 3). The decarbonization of supply chains is therefore the order of the day - carbmee provides the necessary transparency of the footprint in the various product segments. In the presentation by Alina Biermann at the DIG NO LIMITS Partner Day, the problems and solutions will be presented in order to be able to provide the required figures across all three scores as a basis for the sustainability reporting for the year 2024, which will be mandatory from 2025. According to the CSRD (Corporate Social Responsibility Directive), this applies to companies with 250 or more employees, more than €40 million in sales and more than €20 million in total assets, whereby two of the three criteria mentioned must be met.

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Lecture "Platform Economy in the Construction Industry", Markus Rapp, EQOS

The infrastructure construction company EQOS uses DIG's Guided Buying solution as the starting point of its platform economy or single point of purchase. Depending on their country and organizational affiliation, users have different options for ordering special products and services, such as the flying of power cables by helicopter. In his presentation at the DIG Partner Day, Markus Rapp revealed how DIG also offers individual features to meet the special needs of the construction industry.

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Presentation "Further development of eProcurement in a heterogeneous environment", Sabine Behrens, Magna

As a leading international automotive supplier, Magna works in a heterogeneous environment that is constantly changing due to regular acquisitions. Sabine Behrens, Senior Manager Purchasing at Magna, talks to Harald Allerstorfer from DIG about how, in a genuine development partnership with DIG to implement new features for specific needs, the degree of digitization of procurement in the company is constantly being improved and the corresponding user acceptance is achieved in the international plants.

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Lecture "Sustainability with ECLASS", Reinhard Pohn, Paradine

What data is in ECLASS, how is the classification system structured and how can it be used for sustainability efforts in purchasing? Reinhard Pohn, Managing Director of the Austrian master data specialist Paradine, will give an outlook on new possibilities that the 14th release of ECLASS brings. He also provides an introduction to the global classification standard that can be used in the standardization of item master data.

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Presentation "Tail-Spend Optimization through Marketplaces", Silvia Kollmann and Klaus Klembas, Unite

Silvia Kollmann and Klaus Klembas from Unite show how the connection of a marketplace to eProcurement optimizes tail spends in one fell swoop and also reduces the number of vendors to be administered quite decisively. As a marketplace, Mercateo also offers other advantages, such as a weighted shopping cart and much more. Mercateo can be accessed from DIG's eProcurement platform either via API or punch-out.

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Presentation "Untapped data treasure - strategic spend analysis" by Samir Kharkan, SCALUE!

In his presentation, Samir Kharkan from SCALUE! will show how purchasing can turn untapped data treasures into concrete value contributions to the company's results. With strategic spend analyses, the company offers the right tool to massively reduce the maverick buying rate, consolidate suppliers and thus - depending on the purchasing volume - generate dormant savings potentials in the millions!

In addition, all visitors to the DIG NO LIMITS Partner Day had the opportunity to secure their copy of "101 Measures to Reduce Maverick Buying". If you missed this opportunity, you can also contact Samir by mail: s.kharkan@scalue.com.

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NO LIMITS Partner Day: the event video

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Catching voices: Interviews with visitors and exhibitors

What impressions did visitors take away from NO LIMITS Partner Day, what requirements are currently occupying purchasing, and how did exhibitors experience the event? We went on a voice hunt and got some feedback.

Interview Christian Nothdurfter, EGGER

The EGGER Group also uses eProcurement from DIG. In the interview, Purchasing Manager Christian Nothdurfter reports on his impressions of the future product orientation at DIG and talks about the future focus of further development of purchasing at EGGER. More about the current status and how the leading manufacturer of wood-based materials has implemented the topic of service procurement via eProcurement together with DIG can be read here in the Case Study.

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Interview Brigitte Grimm, IMBA

As the largest institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology uses an individualized eProcurement solution from DIG. With special features, this also facilitates the internal distribution of centrally delivered orders, among other things. On Partner Day, however, she reports on current decarbonization initiatives in an interview.

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Interview Markus Zörnig, AIT

Markus Zörnig from the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology knows how digital procurement can be used in the research sector and how orders can be launched flexibly and project-related from the document management system. In his view, systems that support the decarbonization of supply chains also play an important role for the future.

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Interview Markus Rapp, EQOS

Infrastructure construction specialist EQOS uses DIG's eProcurement solution in its various divisions (including track construction, telecommunications and energy). Guided Buying makes all services accessible to users in the sense of a single point of purchase. In this interview, Markus Rapp, Head of Procurement at EQOS, talks about how the company is driving forward the further development of a construction-specific procurement solution!

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Interview Karlheinz Hackl, PENEDER Bau-Elemente

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Interview Helmut Maier, ANDRITZ AG

Helmut Maier from plant manufacturer ANDRITZ emphasizes DIG's strengths: "On the one hand, the technical solution, which is easy to implement, and on the other hand, the team, which does everything to meet even special individual requirements.

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Interview Andreas Tischler, PAGRO

How do the exhibitors at the NO LIMITS Partner Day feel about the event? Andreas Tischler from PAGRO Direkt provides an answer!

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Interview with Christoph Hamberger and Dieter Mayer, Strasser Steine

One of the coolest and most innovative companies in the Mühlviertel region: Strasser Steine is known for its outstanding kitchen worktops and has only recently ushered in the Industry 4.0 era. In an interview, Christoph Hamberger and Dieter Mayer describe their challenges.

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Interview with Mario Schimpl, WÜRTH

WÜRTH is one of the leading C-parts suppliers in the industry! As a catalog supplier of the DIG eProcurement platform, the company was also an exhibitor at the DIG Partner Day. In the interview, Mario Schimpl tells us how digitalization is being driven forward, including with automated document flow.

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