Optimizing vendor spend from procurement intelligence

Project Details

Title: Development of a Purchasing Dashboard
Customer: Large European Bank
Industry: Banking
Period of project: 2-months
Budget: 35,000
Est. value/ROI: 27% reduction in spending
How many persons in project: 1
Used Technologies: LINUX, GitLab, RStudio, PostgreSQL, Python, Shiny, TestThat, knitr, roxygen2, markdown, MS SQL Server
Hash-Tags/Keywords: #Time series analysis, #SAP, #Expense analysis
Project Category: Service insights

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Optimizing vendor procurement spending. The goal of the project was to prepare and analyze the data from the SAP module Ariba to help the “Purchasing” department optimize value and cost control with vendors.


A drill-down dashboard was developed that evaluates the data for external resources by skill level, projects, and partners in real-time enabling analysis of market prices vs. purchase prices. In addition, a spending forecast was calculated based on past years for the remainder of the fiscal year. The dashboard is based on descriptive statistical models in R and d3.js. The forecasting of expenses is based on the, in R implemented, time series analysis model ARIMA. The development of the dashboard was done within 6 weeks, with 1 additional employee based on RStudio and RStudio Connect Server.


With the help of the dashboard, the department was able to identify savings of up to 30%. In addition, the dashboard allows the department to analyze spending without programming and advanced analytics skills enabling continuous data-driven spend management.

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