Industry – Imerys TC - Brick and Structural Clay Tile Manufacturing Imerys Minerals - Ground or Treated Minerals, Kaolin & Ball Clay Mining
Business Document Types – Shopping Carts, Purchase Requests, Purchase Orders, Order Confirmations
Formats – ERP-specific formats (on Customer end) - xCBL (on Marketplace/Suppliers end)
Protocols – HTTPS
Business Problem Solved – Multiple entities of the same company but with different back-end systems and processes implementing e-procurement in various configurations.
Active in 47 countries with more than 240 industrial locations and €2.8 billion in annual sales (2009), Imerys is the world leader in adding value to minerals. The Group’s products have a great many applications in everyday life, including construction, personal care, paper, paint, plastic, ceramics, telecommunications and beverage filtration.
From an organizational standpoint, Imerys is a collection of legal entities organized in business units, each having its own organization, processes and IT systems.
Imerys TC and Imerys Minerals UK are two business units of Imerys using Quadrem as a marketplace. Each of them uses a specific ERP solution (Generix for Imerys TC and IFS for Imerys Minerals UK) and they have implemented e-procurement differently: Imerys TC uses the hosted e-procurement solution of Quadrem whereas Imerys Minerals leverages the e-procurement capabilities of their ERP - but both rely on Quadrem' hosted catalogs and hub.
Imerys TC and Imerys Minerals both needed a solution to perform orchestration and integration of business documents (pre-orders, orders, order confirmation) between their internal back-end systems and the marketplace.
A b2box has been set up behind Imerys firewalls, in order to orchestrate integration of business documents between Quadrem and the two ERP solutions. From a technical standpoint, two partitions (within the same b2box) have been set up to allow complete logical split of data between the two business units. Although some flows are common, some are fully specific to one or the other of the business units.
In a nutshell, the b2box allows Imerys TC to:
For Imerys Minerals UK, the b2box supports the following flows:
Imerys TC and Imerys Minerals UK both benefit from a b2box add-on called the "E-procurement Error Handler", a highly beneficial value-added feature allowing non-IT people to handle the management of e-procurement errors; thanks to a user-friendly web interface guiding error resolution. In an e-procurement flow, errors occur frequently and may find their origin in various places: inappropriate values entered by Requesters on the Buying Tool, invalid Master Data on the Marketplace, missing or invalid data in cross-referencing tables, missing or invalid settings on the back-end system etc.
The E-procurement Error Handler add-on performs the following tasks:
The solution in place allows Imerys entities to fully automate the business document flows between the marketplace and ERPs – and thanks to the E-procurement Error Handler, people with no IT expertise nor any specific competency can easily take care of reprocessing functional errors.
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