Newsbyte: Kerry Group Transforms Its Global Procurement Group in Weeks With SAP® Sourcing OnDemand Solution

Ireland (May 01, 2012) – Companies seeking a more strategic and cost-effective approach to procurement are realizing close to instant value with the SAP® Sourcing OnDemand solution from SAP AG (NYSE: SAP). Based in Ireland, Kerry Group is a EUR 5 billion world leader in food ingredients and flavors serving the food and beverage industry, and a leading supplier of added value brands and customer-branded foods to the Irish and UK markets. An existing SAP® ERP application customer since 2010, Kerry Group realized almost immediate value with SAP Sourcing OnDemand, given the implementation time of less than four weeks.

“What we needed was an intuitive sourcing system that would be completely integrated with our SAP back-office for an end-to-end procurement process,” said Peter Fotios, director of e-procurement Services, Kerry Group. “SAP Sourcing OnDemand gave us the strong sourcing functionality to capture the end-to-end negotiation cycle with our suppliers, as well as the added benefit of being up and running in weeks, not months. We rolled it out smoothly in Ireland first, then England and then throughout our global operations in 23 countries.”

New Wave of SAP Sourcing OnDemand Provides Standard Integration With SAP® SRMThe latest wave of SAP Sourcing OnDemand, released in the first quarter of 2012, delivers on standard integration with the SAP® Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM) application, building on existing integration with SAP ERP, to help enable greater compliance and realized savings for customers. Designed with the sourcing professional in mind, the most recent release offers customers the opportunity for greater cost savings through enhanced strategic sourcing and contract management – two areas integral to helping lower customers’ overall business costs.

“Visionary procurement organizations such as Kerry Group are driving real cost-savings through sophisticated sourcing and superior contract and supplier management,” said Kevin Nix, executive vice president, Line-of-Business Cloud Solutions, SAP. “SAP Sourcing OnDemand is a proven and easy-to-use cloud solution that is helping our customers take full advantage of their existing ERP and SRM investments without having to wait to see a return.”

To learn more about SAP Sourcing OnDemand, visit For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews and @SAPCloud.

Next Major Event: SAPPHIRE® NOWWith SAPPHIRE® NOW, SAP offers its customers, partners and prospects even more opportunities to engage in dialogue with peers, participants and thought leaders around the globe. To be held in Orlando, Florida, May 14-16, 2012, this enhanced, real-time event connects attendees on site with global participants through state-of-the-art broadcast studios and an online experience that incorporates the latest social media and community functionality. Whether on site or online, participants can gain insight as to how SAP is delivering on its product strategy and helping organizations around the world to run better For more information, visit Follow SAPPHIRE NOW on Twitter at @SAPPHIRENOW and visit the Events Newsroom at

Media Contacts:Dorit Shackleton, SAP, +1 (604) 889-7841,, PDTTorrey Fazen, Burson-Marsteller, +1 (617) 912-5401,, EDT

Source: SAP AG

Related Links

Tags: ,