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UX Procurement Solution

Novartis is looking for a topnotch seamless UX solution that
enables employees to better navigate through the complexity
of procurement processes and to simplify the user procurement
journey across applications.​

Challenge Details

Novartis is looking for a solution that can support (internal) users (around 20.000 different internal stakeholders) to better navigate through the complexity of procurement processes and to simplify the user experience across the applications the user is requested to use to complete his/her procurement journey.

Selection Criteria

  • Configurable Platform or Launching Solution: The solution should either consist of a developed configurable platform with limited deployment for Novartis or should be a early stage idea that is looking for a launching customer with (limited) co-development efforts.
  • Single point of entry: All business users should refer for any procurement processes first to this platform that navigates them to the right path and application.
  • Level of automation in solution: Buying rules are automatically applied and route the transaction to an appropriate path
  • User and service team possibilities: The user and services teams have productive visibility to requests, with status and stages
  • Integration: The solution should be able to provide flexibility in integrating with different applications present in the current landscape of Novartis such as S/4 Hana, Ariba, ServiceNow, Procurement Data Lake (Formula One).


As part of Novartis Procurement’s digitalisation roadmap of the procurement function, they are in looking for solutions and innovations to improve the function and performance for it’s internal users.

Through this initiative, they want to take their cooperation with tech companies to the next level. This will be accomplished through a structured platform for cooperation and collaboration between the Novartis Procurement team and technology providers.

Practical Details

The challenge owners will select the top applicants, who will be invited for a virtual selection day. The top applicants will get the chance to share their solution with key Novartis stakeholders. Afterwards, the top candidate(s) for the challenge may be invited to participate in a pilot to test their solution in the field.

  • You may receive a development and pilot budget
  • Access to a global network of connected businesses and the potential opportunity to scale your solution across Novartis following a successful pilot
  • Exposure to the Digital Procurement World (DPW) network, including other clients who may be interested in your solution

Think you can solve this challenge? Apply by 27th August, 2021

  • About You

  • Your solution (please answer at least the questions below) - 1200 Characters

    • • Describe your solution, product, service or platform.
    • • Describe your USP’s.
    • • Could you provide us with the key functionalities that your solution could deliver?
  • Challenge / Solution fit – 800 characters

    • • Describe how your solution fits the aforementioned challenge and which of the mentioned insights your solution offers.
    • • Describe related success stories of your solutions with other customers (ideally industry and/or challenge specific).
  • Selection criteria – 800 characters

    • • Explain more about the solution that you’re offering – Is it a configurable platform or a early stage idea? And what is the level of deployment that is necessary?
    • • Is your solution able to offer a single point of entry and automation of buying rules?
    • • Is your solution able to provide flexibility in integrating with the existing procurement systems such as S/4 Hana, Ariba, ServiceNow, Procurement Data Lake (Formula One)?
    • • Provides your solution the user and services teams with insights in productive visibility to requests, with status and stages?
  • Motivation - 600 Characters

    • • Describe your motivation for applying to this challenge.
    • • Describe what kind of partnership you would ideally envision.
    • • Can you provide an estimation of costs you would have to make (if applicable) and a timeline?
  • Technology - 400 Characters

    • • Describe the applied technology of your solution.
    • • Do you use any of the following technologies in your products: AI/ML, Blockchain, Robotic Process Automation or other? (Note that the use of these technologies is not mandatory, but the information is being collected for data analysis purposes.)
  • Business Information

    • • What is your financial situation (pre-revenue, revenue etc.)?
    • • Who are your top 3 competitors?
    • • What is the URL of your company website?
    • • Do you have relevant online information summarizing your solution that you want to share? (please share URL)
  • Please share a 2-3 min demo of your solution to provide us with insights on how the requested functionalities of your tooling works.

  • Max. file size: 32 MB.
  • If you sign up for the challenge your data will be transferred to Digital Procurement World, The Next Web B.V., NLMTD B.V. and / Datalicious B.V. for the purpose of assessing startups fit for the challenges set by Novartis. We advise you to check their websites, here, here, here and here for the privacy policies they have in place.