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.

May 4, 2018

The Procurement Alliance was involved from day 1 in the Deutsche Telekom drive to become the first operator in Europe to create a 5G data connection in a live network.

BuyIn was responsible for first setting up an agile MOU. Consequently, the company ran contract negotiations with suppliers under a tight schedule and complete confidentiality to make sure Deutsche Telekom could meet its goal.

Read more about the DT 5G rollout in Germany here.