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Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 12:04 JST

Source: Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi Launches "TWX-21 Source to Contract Service" a product of JAGGAER's S2C Application Suite and Hitachi's Installation Expertise
Hitachi promotes advanced procurement processes with installation of JAGGAER's S2C Application Suite

TOKYO, Dec 4, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi, Ltd. and JAGGAER announced that they signed a distribution agreement for JAGGAER's Source to Contract "S2C" Application Suite. JAGGAER is a leading U.S. company in the strategic sourcing application market(1), supporting digitalization of the S2C process from supplier survey through estimation, negotiation and contracting.

Procurement process and range of TWX-21 Source to Contract service

Prior to this agreement, Hitachi installed and utilized JAGGAER's S2C Application Suite in its actual operations as part of the procurement process reforms within the Hitachi Group on November 6, 2018, leading to a promotion of advanced procurement processes by visualizing the business processes via integrated management of the S2C process within the entire Hitachi Group, and by sharing knowledge, such as supplier assessment and contract negotiation, among personnel in charge.

Today, Hitachi launches the TWX-21 Source to Contract service by combining the JAGGAER's S2C Application Suite with an installation support service utilizing Hitachi's expertise. Hitachi provides the JAGGAER's S2C Application Suite which has suppliers management functions such as assessment and development of suppliers, and sourcing management functions such as creating estimation and contracts. Hitachi supports strategic procurement activities to establish more highly-competitive value chains, by unifying procurement processes of the S2C, which has been individually optimized, and sharing knowledge throughout the company.

To survive in a highly competitive global market, procurement departments need to promote strategic activities from aspects such as stable supplies and risk assessment, in addition to reducing fundamental procurement costs. While the digitalized P2P range of the procurement processes is in widespread use, the S2C range has not advanced as rapidly. In most cases, the S2C range is independently optimized within the procurement departments of each country and region or even by individuals, and it is a challenge related to accumulating process knowledge within the overall global company groups, establishing more highly-competitive value chains. Over many years, Hitachi has implemented procurement process reforms, establishing and applying standards for its procurement department business processes, as well as the globally unified system within the Hitachi Group. TWX-21 was developed with this accumulated experience, and primarily offered as a cloud service to assist P2P process reforms, supporting trading conducted by about 66,000 customer companies(2) as well as the Hitachi Group. In order to accommodate the need to digitalize such a S2C process, TWX-21 Source to Contract service has been added to the TWX-21 service menu.

Based on the knowledge gained through the adoption of the JAGGAER's S2C Application Suite within the Hitachi Group for expanding its global business, the TWX-21 Source to Contract service offers a complete suite, from installation through application, maintenance and operation, in combination with the JAGGAER's S2C Application Suite. These services include providing activity consultation for the improvement and standardization of the S2C process; designing workflows, such as setting KPIs(3) and templates; providing SE support, user's manuals and help desks. Through these services, Hitachi supports the visualization and digitalization of the S2C process. The JAGGAER's S2C Application Suite offers sourcing management functions, such as for creating RFx(4), which is a request for suppliers, asking for a response, creating contracts, negotiations and signatures, in addition to supplier management functions, including scoring from a variety of information related to suppliers. Specifically, by creating and updating scorecards for respective suppliers based on various pieces of information, including compliance, handling of sourcing tasks, on-time delivery rate calculated based on actual trading, defective rate and qualification examination as well as risk assessment results, the JAGGAER's S2C Application Suite allows the continual and multilateral assessment of suppliers. In addition, using the system users can establish programs for collaborative creation with suppliers or the human resource development. Through these activities, they can jointly improve suppliers' performance and reduce risks, building a strategic partnership. Moreover, in combination with the TWX-21 P2P service(5), this system offers an integrated management system environment throughout the entire procurement processes, which will support the strategic procurement processes of customers in global businesses.

Hitachi continues to expand and strengthen the TWX-21 service and support customers' strategic global management with its advanced procurement processes by meeting customers' needs and business process challenges.

Robert Bonavito, CEO, JAGGAER
"We expect that customers in the Asia region, including Japan, will be able to accelerate digital transformation, and improve procurement processes through adopting the "TWX - 21 Source to Contract service" in combination with Hitachi's Installation expertise and "JAGGAER's S2C Application Suite."

(1) Awarded as a leader in the strategic sourcing application market with the highest score for "Ability to Execute" in Gartner's 2018 "Magic Quadrant for Strategic Sourcing Application Suites"
(2) As of November 2018.
(3) KPI: Key Performance Indicator (Indicator to measure and assess the intermediate process for achieving the final goal set within organizations or teams)
(4) Collective term for RFI (Request for Information), RFP (Request for Proposal) and RFQ (Request for Quote)
(5) EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) service, Web-EDI Global service, cloud type purchase service, e-sourcing/MRO centralized purchasing service and others.


JAGGAER is the world's largest independent spend management company, with nearly 2000 customers connected to a network of 3.7 million suppliers in 70 countries, served by offices located in North America, Latin America, throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. JAGGAER offers complete SaaS-based Source to Pay eProcurement solutions with advanced Spend Analytics, Sourcing, Supplier Management, Contract Lifecycle Management, Savings Tracking, and intelligent workflow capabilities. JAGGAER has pioneered spend solutions for over two decades and continues to lead the innovation curve by listening to customers and analysing the market. Our solution suites are trusted by the world's largest manufacturing, education, health care, retail, consumer package goods, logistics, construction, utilities companies and public service organizations. Additionally, JAGGAER holds 38 patents-more than any other spend management company.www.JAGGAER.com

Hitachi Ltd
Corporate Communications
Tel: +81-3-3258-1111

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Source: Hitachi, Ltd.

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