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17 May 2014 | Paul Snell
The benefit of using procurement technology in the cloud is the speed at which you can get started, according to Maher Zebib, vice president - procurement at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
Speaking at the CIPS Middle East Conference in Dubai about the bank’s implementation of cloud procurement in a session sponsored by Ariba, Zebib said: “We took the decision to jump straight into the cloud. The decision was based on many factors, but the best thing was the speed of deployment.
“With any procurement system you want to deploy, you order your hardware and software, implement it, and that is time consuming. By the time you start operating the system and reaping the benefits, you have spent a year trying to implement and run the system.
“The beauty of the cloud is you configure it, run it and you are there. It took us eight days from the time we signing the contract with Ariba to running the first tender in the cloud.”
Zebib added the return on investment for the first year and the deployment costs had been recovered by the bank, which was named Procurement Team of the Year at the CIPS Middle East Awards this week, in the first month through the savings made.
He advised purchasers consdering moving to the cloud to keep customisation to a minimum to speed up implementation.
“Keep it out of the box,” he said. “Don’t try and customise - the more you customise, the more you spend time and work drags on. Take the solution as is - configure it to your needs - but don’t try and customise. These are usually best-in-class solutions.”