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„Alexa, ask POOL4TOOL …”: Next Level Amazon Integration

05-22-2017 03:36 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

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POOL4TOOL Pushes Its Digital Procurement Strategy Forward and Is the First Solution Provider to Integrate Digital Voice Control into Its Procurement Application

Vienna | Munich | Belgrade | Detroit |Singapore | Dubai, May 22, 2017 –POOL4TOOL, the digital procurement specialist, has integrated Alexa and Alexa-compatible devices into its application, making it the first software provider to simplify routine tasks in Procurement with the help of voice control and Amazon’s audio device. Buyers will soon be able to access purchasing data more efficiently with the digital assistant, and will save resources. POOL4TOOL has taken the next step towards digital assistance and smart work in the procurement field. (

"As software providers it’s our job to integrate new technology to create added value for the end users. Digital procurement is the future and will revolutionize purchasing. We invest in technology related to smart procurement and digital intelligence in order to provide our customers with a better user experience and to make procurement processes more efficient,” explains Michael Rösch, COO of POOL4TOOL, the digital procurement strategy for procurement specialists.

Untapped Potential

In the private sphere, it’s hard to imagine life without the comforts afforded by digital technology. Today, six out of ten users operate their smart phones with voice control. Every third household relies on smart home concepts, which offer many new advantages by digitally linking household appliances. Just smart thermostat control can result in savings of 30% on energy costs each year. According to a recent Ipsos poll, the majority of Germans have a positive opinion of digital and smart technology, but there is still a great deal of untapped potential when it comes to the use of these technologies in German industry and business. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, Germany will have thrown away 500 billion euros by 2025 by not using digital technology to its fullest potential.

Advantages of Digital Assistance

Deloitte’s 2017 CPO study shows that the use of digital technology as an optimization tool has finally been established, but implementing these technologies still presents considerable challenges. “When it comes to the use of digital technology in business, there is an ever-growing gap between the forerunners and the stragglers. In Procurement, too, the digital transformation is still in its infancy. As Purchasing responds to the pressure of increasing costs, they have the chance to push the digital movement forward not just in their own department but throughout the entire company,” explains Thomas Dieringer, CEO of POOL4TOOL, as he describes the possible role of Purchasing. There are also many advantages to using digital assistance for everyday tasks at work and in B2B commerce. Various studies show that companies could save on costs and could increase efficiency by 15-40%, depending on opportunities within individual value adding steps.

„Alexa, ask POOL4TOOL …“ (

POOL4TOOL, the pioneer of digitizing procurement processes, is taking the next step towards digital assistance and smart technology in the workplace and in the field of procurement. Integrating the application into Alexa and Alexa-compatible devices makes it easy to operate the procurement tool using voice control, creating a smart user experience. This newly developed POOL4TOOL skill designed with buyers in mind covers all of the user’s most important needs and can customized for individual customers. With the simple command of “Alexa, ask POOL4TOOL...” buyers will soon be able to check on the status of a call for bids and open sourcing events, or ask for sales and revenue numbers.

Planned appointments with suppliers can be added to the calendar on command, and users can ask when the next contract with a certain supplier needs to be negotiated. By simplifying and speeding up everyday operative tasks, buyers have more time to devote to strategical tasks. POOL4TOOL’s connection to Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot will be available for use starting in June 2017.

POOL4TOOL is the intelligent procurement platform. The global leader in Direct Procurement software helps customers get the most out of eSourcing, Supplier Management and more. The all-in-one software can be built step-by-step. Connecting seamlessly to ERP, it uses workflows as unique as its users. With expertise from 15 years of partnership with manufacturing industries, the company is developing cognitive procurement. Over 300 customers worldwide use the platform to connect to a network of more than 300,000 suppliers. Learn more at

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