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Grupo Posadas Takes up Residence in the Cloud

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Largest Latin America hotel operator leverages on-demand offerings from Ariba to streamline and enhance procurement, deliver greater savings and efficiencies</i> </p>

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Grupo Posadas Takes up Residence in the Cloud08:30 EST Thursday, February 07, 2013 SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Business Wire) -- With 105 hotels and more than 18,000 rooms to furnish and maintain across Mexico, Grupo Posadas has more than a few things to buy. To simplify the process, the company has moved its procurement to the cloud. “We do not want to be owners of software—we just want to take advantage of the potential of it,” said Fausto Jimenez, Strategic Sourcing VP at Grupo Posadas. Leveraging cloud-based applications from Ariba, an SAP Company and the world's business commerce network, Grupo Posadas has created a more efficient and effective process for purchasing everything from bedroom furniture to wireless installation and quickly delivered results. “Not only have we achieved 18 percent in savings, we have also increased the corporate spend under contract negotiations by 25 percent,” Jimenez says. But the benefits don't stop there. With Ariba® Sourcing™, Ariba Spend Visibility™, Ariba Contract Management™, Ariba Supplier Information Management™, Ariba Supplier Performance Management™, and Ariba Procure-to-Order™ in place, Grupo Posadas has also been able to: Increase visibility into corporate purchasing and aggregate spend to drive more favorable terms and service level agreements Move from 8,000 vendors to 3,000 strategic suppliers and simplify interactions with them Drive compliance with corporate contracts and policies through custom catalog management solution provided to each hotel in its network Track and manage orders in real time Speed purchasing cycle times and reduce administrative work through digital approval flows “Cloud computing is the future of business and Grupo Posadas is well-positioned to reap the benefits that it delivers,” said Ivan Braga, Regional Vice President, Ariba Latin America. “By implementing Ariba's solutions, Group Posadas can not only optimize its procurement process, but drive unprecedented levels of productivity across its operations that improve its performance and ultimately, its profits.” About Grupo PosadasGrupo Posadas, with more than four decades in the hotel marketplace, operates 104 hotels and 17,865 rooms. Its six hotel brands are LIVE AQUA, Fiesta Americana Grand, Fiesta Americana, Fiesta Inn, One Hotels and The Explorean, making Grupo Posadas the leading Mexican hotel operator. Grupo Posadas has been listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange since 1992, with the ticker symbol “POSADAS.” For additional information, visit its website www.posadas.comAbout Ariba, an SAP Company Ariba is the world's business commerce network. Ariba combines industry-leading cloud-based applications with the world's largest web-based trading community to help companies discover and collaborate with a global network of partners. Using the Ariba® Network, businesses of all sizes can connect to their trading partners anywhere, at any time from any application or device to buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Companies around the world use the AribaNetwork to simplify inter-enterprise commerce and enhance the results that they deliver. 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