Capgemini Launches Innovative On-Demand, Procurement-as-a-Service Solution through Acquisition of IBX

| Press release
Capgemini acquires purchasing solutions provider IBX to deliver industry’s first end-to-endsolution for managing global sourcing strategies
PARIS and STOCKHOLM, February 2, 2010 – Capgemini Group today announced its acquisition of ondemand
purchasing solutions provider IBX and with it, the availability of the industry’s first global endto-
end, Procurement-as-a-Service offering. Having collaborated together since summer 2009, Capgemini
and IBX decided to join forces in order to drive development of a new global procurement service
offering and further expand the addressable market for IBX’s best-in-class technology. The deal adds
IBX’s strength in software-as-a-service purchasing technology to Capgemini’s global sourcing, business
process outsourcing (BPO) and transformation expertise.
According to AMR Research1, outsourcing of supply management processes has grown in recent years: “The
market grew 30 percent in one year, driven by procurement and strategic sourcing services being offshored to
India in record numbers.” With a solid track record on the BPO procurement area, Capgemini is ready to tackle
this new growth opportunity and will make use of its Rightshore® delivery network including strong offshore
operations in India, China, Brazil and Poland.
IBX, a recognised pioneer in the field of e-purchasing, is headquartered in Stockholm, with 240 employees
located across Europe and in the US. The company is a strong cash-generating company with 30 million Euros
of revenues and an EBITDA2 margin of 16 percent. IBX operates 2 million purchase orders per year - a
purchasing volume of 12 billion Euros - for more than 200,000 end users. Its clients include some of the largest
and most recognized corporations in the world including Ericsson, Kraft Foods, IKEA, Deutsche Post DHL,
LEGO System , Skanska and Deutsche Lufthansa.
1 AMR Research (acquired by Gartner, Inc.): “The 2009 Supply Management BPO Landscape: Short-Term Body-Shopping
Trumps Business Transformation,” Phil Fersht & Mickey North Rizza, June 2009
2 EBITDA: Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization
“Joining forces with Capgemini strengthens our global capabilities, paving the way for the next generation of a
Procurement-as-a-Service provider. Collaboration with Capgemini started in late summer and has been very
positive. Capgemini’s competence within outsourcing and procurement and global reach is very impressive.
When combined with IBX’s software-as-a-service purchasing technology platform, global supplier network and
sourcing and procurement expertise, we will be able to provide even better solutions for our customers”, said
Leif Bohlin, CEO of IBX Group and newly appointed head of the new, combined procurement BPO service
“Procurement platforms can provide immediate gains for companies looking to outsource processes. In
addition, we enable clients to manage their sourcing strategy on a global basis, helping them manage their
business better,” said Hubert Giraud, global leader of Capgemini BPO. “Now that our unique offering provides
the end-to-end capabilities from transformation consulting to global sourcing, organizations need only seek a
single partner for procurement outsourcing. Not only does the fully integrated approach achieve significant
savings faster, the required investment to recognize and achieve the saving is also less.”
The new end-to-end BPO procurement solution will include a full suite of products & services, including
business process outsourcing, the software-as-a-service procurement platform, and an established global
supplier network with more than 20,000 suppliers.
The transaction should be finalized by the end of February, subject to the approval of the relevant anti-trust
For more information about Capgemini’s business process management capabilities, please visit utsourcing/bpo/.
For more information about IBX on-demand procurement solutions please visit:
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About Capgemini
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables
its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and
capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working, the
Collaborative Business ExperienceTM. The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore®, which
aims to get the right balance of the best talent from multiple locations, working as one team to create and deliver
the optimum solution for clients. Present in more than 30 countries, Capgemini reported 2008 global revenues
of EUR 8.7 billion and employs 90,000 people worldwide.
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Capgemini’s expertise is recognized in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) with a solution portfolio that
spans Finance & Accounting, Customer Care & Intelligence, Procurement, Assurance Management, Human
Resources and Knowledge Process Outsourcing services. As part of Capgemini’s Rightshore® delivery network,
BPO professionals provide services to clients worldwide 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in over 35
languages, from centers located in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Guatemala, India, Poland, and the
United States.
About IBX
As a pioneer in the field of e-purchasing, IBX delivers measurable impact to client’s bottom lines through its
comprehensive Efficient Purchasing framework. IBX serves blue chip corporations globally through proven
purchasing experience, with a high value supplier network and best of breed e-sourcing and e-procurement
technology. The company enables its customers to generate sustainable cost savings through better spend
visibility, increased spend under management and contract compliance. IBX offices are located in Stockholm
(HQ), Antwerp, Chicago, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Milan, Oxford, Oslo and Paris.
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