July 2, 2020

The All Employee Meeting (AEM) is the highlight of the year for BuyIn’s employees. We were supposed to all meet in Berlin but with no possibility to travel, we made the best out of the situation with live streams from Paris and Bonn.

Over the course of two hours each on Tuesday, the 16th and Wednesday, the 17th of June, we celebrated BuyIn: its achievements, its team spirit and commitment, and deep-dived into its strategic priorities.

“The AEM is the unique opportunity for BuyIn to come together around its tangible projects and company culture”, says Volker Pyrtek, BuyIn’s CEO since its founding in 2011. “We’re happy to have been able to replicate our great team spirit in our online event, in particular with creative contributions from all over the company.” Several teams submitted videos about projects and hot topics to underline our current and upcoming priorities.

“As the largest procurement alliance in the telco industry, we want to leverage our scale and expertise to grow and to create sustainable value for our customers”, underlines Béatrice Felder, SVP IT. “After almost one year at BuyIn, this event, even online, demonstrated to me the strong BuyIn cohesion and unity around this vision of procurement excellence.”

The feedback from the employees is overwhelming: “I think this type of events is great because it brings people together and people are proud of being part of BuyIn”, “Interesting, inspiring and funny”, “The feeling of belonging together at BuyIn again”, “It was stunning to see the broad excellence of the whole team on a working level”, “A very well organized, passionate, creative, and full of energy event”.

We are still hoping to be able to meet in person and to party together in autumn! Also in its digital edition, the AEM was a full success, proving again that people are BuyIn’s biggest asset.


April 6, 2020

The current circumstances have disrupted everyone’s working mode and lifestyle. At BuyIn we’ve adapted in our own way. Here is the new daily life of my IT team in home office.

Flexible working is one of the key living principles of the BuyIn Workplace. Given that our stakeholders are operating worldwide and that we are split over several countries, we’re used to working remotely and according to multiple working modes. Some of us travel often for country visits, others connect regularly via web conferences and all BuyIn employees can work from their homes when needed.

Despite these established habits, staying at home full time and not being able to see your colleagues at the office as usual constitute for us all a big challenge. Still, in these difficult times, the resourcefulness of the human mind can prevail, so we’ve found creative ways to adapt and keep the BuyIn spirit alive. For BuyIn we’ve managed to successfully hold an event with all our DT customers via web conference and we’re “open as usual”, always adapting but staying close to our customers and suppliers.

My home office routine
I live next to Paris in Saint Cloud, together with my husband. I am trying to keep the same daily routine, even if I sleep in a bit longer as I am not commuting. One of the big risks when you work from home is to work non stop so I force myself to have regular breaks. I am lucky enough to have a terrasse with a lot of sun so I stock up on vitamin D there. I might come back with a tan 😉 In proper French fashion, I get out once a day to get my baguette and I end my day as usual when all the emails in my inbox are read.

The current situation has made me realize how fortunate I am to work in an industry with “essential” activities in such times, hence still thriving while being able to do our part for the overall economy and functioning of society. I would like here to thank the field operations team from our mother companies who sustain the foundations for us to operate.

 

The IT team routine

While distancing, we are still trying to stay social. My team has come up with different ways: I’ve noticed for example that we call each other more often rather than just chat on Skype. Lucas in my team had the idea for an IT France virtual coffee break twice a week. I send out regular messages to my team but I keep the rest “business as usual”. We’re lucky to have a very efficient Corona Task Force whom I belong to, informing the whole company about the status of the disease and its impact.

 

Turned towards the future
On top of leading the IT team, I will also be handling as an interim the HR tasks as our SVP, Friederike Mayer is leaving BuyIn. I would like to thank her for her great work and commitment to our unique company culture. This will keep me busy from home too.

Like everyone I try to stay away from the news but I still find myself scrolling regularly. It is important for all of us to stay focused and prepare for better days. Thanks again for all the people who are providing for the community (nurses, doctors, truck drivers, people working hard at our supermarkets and all the others).


December 21, 2018

Orange and Deutsche Telekom announced the spring 2019 launch of the Smart Voice Hub called Djingo at the #ShowHello in Paris. CEOs Stéphane Richard (Orange) and Tim Höttges (Deutsche Telekom) presented the new smart speaker that uses artificial intelligence.
This is a pioneering project among Europe-based telco companies to develop their own voice assistant equipped with AI technology. In Germany, the speaker will be launched as Hallo Magenta.

The state of the art solution ensures that customer data will be secured and processed in full compliance with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation.

In terms of sourcing, a team from BuyIn (DHP) successfully led the negotiations, from strategy alignment with the various stakeholders to defining the specifications and of course the supplier selection. BuyIn also secured a solid contract with a voice recognition and natural language understanding software provider.

The commercial success enabled our mother companies to share the development costs as well as benefit from better prices thanks to the bundled volume. The partnership allowed an accelerated time-to-market by mutualizing resources. One crucial element of the contract is that both Groups can balance their volumes. This lets them benefit from the best possible prices and minimizes risks during market launch, such as in terms of forecasts versus sales results, with a common approach.

If you want to know more about the topic, it is worth to check also the Homepage of Orange about the #ShowHello and Djingo.

For more information about “Hello Magenta”, please read the media information of Deutsche Telekom.


July 20, 2018

External auditors confirm that BuyIn has established effective measures against antitrust violations, highlighting several measures as best practices.

Independent auditors from KPMG certify in their report that antitrust compliance is deeply integrated in relevant procurement processes at BuyIn. The company has established Antitrust Guidelines that outline specific rules to ensure antitrust compliance while successfully doing business. “I’m delighted that independent auditors have endorsed BuyIn’s system, which focuses on our employees’ understanding of the Guidelines and their integration into the daily business. Combined with smart tools, we manage to deliver the highest standard of antitrust compliance for our Alliance members,” says Sven Büschgens Compliance Officer at BuyIn.

The audit report contains no material findings or recommendations, but identifies BuyIn as a company with several best practices.

BuyIn’s Compliance best practices

  • Innovative preventive IT controls embedded in business processes that efficiently manage antitrust risks
  • Strong monitoring of compliance measures and controls (quarterly self-assessments by individual teams) and additional monitoring by the Compliance team.
  • Intensive, regular exchanges between the Compliance function and the rest of the company, leading to a high acceptance of the rules as well as of the team itself
  • A high level of professional training within the Compliance department

You can see the details of the audit, its content and the audited units in the official report.

“This is a great result that all the teams at BuyIn can be proud of. The most important factor in running a successful business is that our customers, business partners and employees are confident in our company and the work we do,” says Guillaume Breton, CFO and General Secretary at BuyIn.