By Daniella Jones / Special to MLB.com
SupplierGATEWAY began as a systems consultant firm in 1986 and has come a long way since its inception. The company started off providing large scale systems consulting to the biochemical industry. Currently functioning as a supplier data management services (SDMS) provider, SupplierGATEWAY is a computer software-based minority business enterprise (MBE). The services SupplierGATEWAY renders enable corporations to acquire information from potential and current vendors that facilitates management of supplier relationships. As Senior Vice President of SupplierGATEWAY, Ade Solaru, succinctly put it, "[SupplierGATEWAY] essentially acts as an interface between vendors and customers' systems." And this interface is one uniquely tailored to the needs and individual brands of each client. This according to Solaru is precisely what sets SupplierGATEWAY apart as they offer, "pragmatic use of technology addressing our customers' supplier data management challenges. A lot of companies want to do superficial implementation of data but we take a holistic approach to addressing the customer's challenge while being sensitive to budgets, the culture of a particular organization, its willingness to employ technology and the very nature of the industry it is a party to."
Yet, such customization does not serve to limit the reaches of SupplierGATEWAY. The company has global service capabilities that span across a varied range of industries including but not limited to automotive, banking, food/beverage, hospitality, medical/pharmaceutical, retail, service, technology, manufacturing, utilities, sports and associations.
Aside from being a MBE itself, SupplierGATEWAY promotes diversity with its Supplier Diversity Solutions service, which affords companies opportunities to pinpoint diverse spending efforts and supplies them with business matchmaking services such that they can enhance the diversity of their procurement partners. Since 2005 SupplierGATEWAY has successfully implemented these services with Major League Baseball and its 30 clubs. MLB Central Office and all of the clubs use SupplierGATEWAY programming to manage information pertaining to diverse suppliers. The company is currently working with MLB to provide an even more uniform reporting format throughout the league.
Apart from working with every MLB entity including the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, all 30 clubs, Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) and the Major League Baseball Network (MLBN), SupplierGATEWAY and MLB have an extensive business partnership that extends back to 1990. At this time SupplierGATEWAY collaborated with MLB and IBM to create and implement the baseball information systems. Such involvement by SupplierGATEWAY resulted in IBM receiving the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award in 1990. In addition to this accolade, SupplierGATEWAY also holds the distinction of being one of few Microsoft certified partners.
From systems consulting with nuclear reactors to providing SDMS services to MLB and all of its properties, SupplierGATEWAY has come a long way, all the while providing superior tailored services to all of its clientele. The company's diverse set of customers ranging from Home Depot, Campbell Soup, National City Bank, Northern Ohio Minority Business Council, InterContinental Hotels to Chrysler serve as a testament to the outstanding job SupplierGATEWAY continues to do.