Celebrating our Partner Community at Inspire London

Sally Stephens
Sally Stephens
VP, Alliance Programs, Coupa Software

With more than 25 years of global channel experience, Sally Stephens leads the strategy and implementation of Coupa’s overall partner programs, including the program development, the go-to market strategy, and channel operations.

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Celebrating our Partner Community at Inspire London

Our global community came together to make Inspire London our biggest European event yet! Leaders across procurement, finance, supply chain, and IT shared insights and stories that inspired attendees to strategize ways to make future business purchases more effective and sustainable.

Coupa’s platform is one tech tool that helps companies do just that, but we know much of our customers’ success wouldn’t be possible without our partner ecosystem. Our partners help customers make the most of their Business Spend Management (BSM) tech. That’s why we're so excited to announce and celebrate our 2023 Coupa Partner Connect Award winners for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). 

Coupa Inspire Partner Community Award Winners

Making tech implementation easier: Accenture is the Partner Connect Ensure Customer Success winner

Two out of three large technology implementation projects routinely exceed set budgets, miss key deadlines, and underdeliver on business objectives. The reason? Large technology implementation projects are extremely complex — making them difficult for a company’s IT department to tackle alone.

With Accenture as an implementation partner, those complexities are eased. Last year, they helped over 150 global organizations including Ineos, Deutsche Post-DHL, the Financial Times, and HSBC deploy Coupa’s technology effectively.

“Our strategic partnership with Coupa is very important to us, and we strive to bring the power of the partnership to the customers we serve every day.” — Karen White, Managing Director, Enterprise & Industry Technologies — SC&O Connected Solutions Lead Europe at Accenture

Choosing the right tech: KPMG is the Partner Connect Focus on Results winner

Investment in cloud technologies, like Coupa, is increasing — and for good reason. Cloud-based software is usually less expensive to maintain, boosts productivity, and improves revenue streams, but choosing the right one can be daunting with so many options on the market. KPMG helps customers find the best technology to fit their needs and deploy it with guided assistance. Nationwide, Sanofi, and Autoliv are some of the clients they helped successfully go live with Coupa in 2022.

Deploying tech with strategic consultants: Deloitte is the Partner Connect Strive for Excellence winner

According to McKinsey & Company, one of the best-proven approaches to deploying new tech effectively is finding vendors with extensive experience. With over 500 certified consultants and 1,000 PowerApplication certifications, Deloitte is a partner with the experience and breadth it takes. They built a center of excellence in the U.K. and India to work closely with customers deploying Coupa, and are currently expanding teams to South Africa and the Middle East.

“Deloitte is delighted that our diverse, authentic, and expert teams have been recognized as best in class by Coupa. We love delivering amazing results alongside our awesome clients and look forward to more huge successes together over the years.” — Kathryn Thompson, Lead Procurement Partner at Deloitte

Easing ERP integration challenges: Mandant is the Partner Connect CoupaLink winner

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) integration is one of the most important — and oftentimes the most challenging — components of digital transformation. Mandant is streamlining the process with an innovative app accelerating the integration and data connections between Coupa and SAP (ERP). It’s the most comprehensive and advanced SAP accelerator to date and is available for Coupa customers on the App Marketplace.

“We’re honored to receive this award! Coupa recognizes the BSM community and its commitment to excellence, innovation, and customer success. We’re delighted to be included.” — Gary Kwei, CEO at Mandant 

Reimagining the payment process: AirPlus is the Partner Connect Coupa Pay winner

Virtual cards offer the combined benefits of a physical purchasing card with the functionality of a check but are better able to protect against fraud than those traditional payment methods. It’s no wonder they’ve gained much popularity within the last few years, and AirPlus is helping customers use those benefits. With more than eight currencies certified and available, they help customers make payments through Coupa quickly and securely to markets worldwide.

“Two years ago, we embarked on a journey with Coupa Pay to grow Procure-to-Pay in Europe. In recognition of our ongoing collaboration, we’re proud to receive this award. We will continue to work together to help our clients succeed.” — Stephanie Sauerwein, Global Partner Manager at AirPlus International

Supplying customer savings: Mediengruppe Stein is the Partner Connect Coupa Advantage winner

As future economic conditions remain uncertain, companies are looking for ways to drive cost savings without negatively impacting the environment. Pre-negotiated contracts with certified and trusted suppliers are one way to do so, without worrying about additional third-party risks like environmental violations. Mediengruppe Stein continues to be one of the most popular suppliers among Coupa customers in EMEA, serving book trades, libraries, publishers, and more.

The BSM leader of tomorrow: Barkers is the Partner Connect Spartan winner

In 2022, Barkers went above and beyond to demonstrate Coupa’s core values, build deep relationships, and work towards common goals with shared customers. Barkers made significant investments to showcase the power of BSM technology to markets across the U.K. and will continue to make a significant impact for years to come.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have won the Spartan Award at Coupa Inspire. Over the past year, we have worked tirelessly in developing the Barkers Digital Practice, while also creating a track record of delivery, client advocacy, and a first-class team of Coupa platform and procurement experts. Our partnership with Coupa will continue to grow and strengthen.” — Matthew Hardaker, Digital Delivery Director at Barkers Procurement

Making business spend more effective and sustainable together

At Coupa, we believe in the strength of collaboration. Our tools do more than just simplify invoice processes or improve on-contract spending. We bring teams together to make every dollar count. Together, we can positively impact societies and protect environments around the world. That’s the power of spend.

We’re building a purpose-driven BSM community. Want to join us?

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