Global Sourcing Platform

the effectiveness and the productivity of the sourcing processes

Client

 

Dragon Sourcing is a procurement services provider focused on delivering sustainable value and insights from emerging markets. It supports corporates in the effective acquisition of goods and services through a global sourcing process.

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Challenge

 

Develop a web application platform to reduce the duration and cost of global sourcing projects by standardising and automating the processes involved. The system should consolidate the operations involved through sourcing delivery optimisation (SDO).

Outcome

 

A business process management system consisting of a master supplier database and a suite of workflow tools designed to boost the effectiveness and the productivity of the sourcing processes involved as well as to provide better visibility / more transparency through business activity monitoring (BAM).

Client Profile

Dragon Sourcing , founded in 2004, is a global procurement services provider with offices across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. The company offers an end-to-end sourcing service to companies looking to leverage the capabilities of global emerging and developed markets. Dragon Sourcing cover a full sourcing cycle, including market analysis, supplier qualification, supplier auditing, sample development, negotiation, selection and purchase order management (quality and logistics). Dragon Sourcing has extensive category expertise in diverse business domains such as: industrial goods and services, food and beverage, automotive and transportation, pharmaceutical, energy and chemicals, consumer goods, retail and hospitality, construction, finance, consulting and private equity.

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Client Challenge

The client, who supports corporations in effective acquisition of goods and services from emerging markets (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe) through an end-to-end global sourcing process, was looking for an effective and efficient solution to consolidate their operations and to execute their sourcing projects via an online platform.

Approach and Process

Dragon Sourcing and Selleo decided to use an agile / iterative approach to design and develop the business process management platform.
We collocated physically with the client’s Project Manager and Product Owner during his on-site visit at our premises. Initially, we focused on the business goals and objectives to be achieved, the overall project scope and the first version of technical specifications. After the Product Owner had gathered user feedback to the deliverables, we iterated through the specs to modify them accordingly. With such tech specs at hand, we implemented the first part of the project (minimum viable solution), deployed it and exposed it to selected users for more feedback. Having gathered the feedback from the users, we kept modifying the project scope and implemented further stages of the solution.
We implemented both the front-end and the RoR back-end concurrently in order to shorten the implementation cycle.

Solution Description

The GSP application is being developed to reduce the duration and cost of sourcing projects by standardising and automating the processes involved (e.g. supplier audits, procurement operations, quality control, logistics and supplier performance management), while at the same time increasing accountability and metrics-driven performance improvements. It is aimed to reduce the average duration of a supplier pre-qualification project by 25% and increase the number of suppliers identified by 50%, within the first year of use.

Modules and Features

The system at its core consists of a master supplier database and a workflow tool designed to boost the productivity and the effectiveness of the sourcing process. The application ensures secure access to the platform and a large searchable database of suppliers as well as enables the generation and extraction of data from PDF and Excel files.

The back-end of the application was developed in Ruby on Rails and relies on PostgreSQL and Hetzner. We used jQuery, HighCharts, TurboLinks and OpenStreetMap to implement the front-end of this online sourcing platform.

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Value Delivered

The Global Sourcing Platform is an online business process management tool which provides the framework and tools to efficiently conduct global sourcing projects in emerging markets (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe). The solution enables sourcing optimization through consolidation and automation of the sourcing processes involved and provides our client’s customers with visibility into the progress of their sourcing projects. With the use of this BPM solution, Dragon Sourcing can increase the efficiency of sourcing projects execution for several multinational companies, including such enterprises as, for example, ABB, Danone, Philips, British Sugar, Coors, H&M, Kesslers, Mothercare, BP, Rockwool and others.