OneConnect and apsolut are the natural partners developing efficient, transparent business processes in Africa,
say Eric Owusu-Boakye and Lesego Mosupye

The world has become a more challenging place to do business in the last couple of years: the Covid epidemic, war in Ukraine and rising energy prices have made supply chains more complex and unpredictable than ever.
It means businesses and public bodies are now looking closer to home to make the efficiency savings, innovations and investments they need to become stronger and more competitive.
Nowhere is this truer than for countries in Africa, with their massive natural and human resources waiting to be developed for the benefit of their people and businesses and to increase trade with the rest of the world. The opportunities are wide open for transforming organisations in the commercial and public sectors using the latest digital solutions.
OneConnect is a business solutions specialist based in South Africa with a network of contacts and clients across the continent. It has built on experience driving digital transformation in small, medium and large organisations including clients such as Unilever and the Kenya Tea Development Agency.
OneConnect’s partner, apsolut, is a leading procurement consultancy based in Germany where it counts more than half the country’s top 30 companies among its customers. These include oil, gas and chemicals giant OMV and Siemens Energy. And, from its 19 offices throughout Europe and Asia, apsolut delivers solutions to businesses in many sectors on the world stage.

Clients benefit from apsolut’s close relationship with global solutions provider SAP as its innovation partner. It is co-development partner of SAP for new tools such as SAP S/4HANA Product Sourcing and SAP S/4HANA Central Procurement. In recognition of apsolut’s consistent excellence, it has been awarded Partner of the Year 2021 SAP ISBN MEE (Intelligent Spend & Business Network in Middle & Eastern Europe) five times in a row.

So together OneConnect and apsolut offer the best of all worlds: a local consultancy with expert on- the-ground experience and a global procurement operation working closely with market leaders SAP. The benefits of digitising procurement and supply chains are well known. Transformation projects of the kind carried out by OneConnect and apsolut offer substantial savings by reducing transaction costs, identifying the best suppliers in the marketplace and developing excellent supplier relationship management.

There are other benefits too: the skills needed to operate high-end technology solutions mean local workforces with higher-level skills are required. Local workforces and economies benefit from a
transition from traditional practices to world-leading technological business processes. Further, transparency improves as processes become more organised, while faster, modern techniques
will also help spread prosperity throughout local communities.

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