Supplier Management System & B2B Marketplace

About the Client

UMMC (Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company) is Russia’s largest metallurgical and mining holding uniting the production of copper cathodes, nonferrous mill products, cable industry and power station coal.

The holding is  listed as on of the strategic organizations in Russia uniting more than 50 enterprises in the mining industry, non-ferrous metallurgy, mechanical engineering and metal processing, as well as in iron and steel metallurgy, construction, agriculture, telecommunications, cable and coal industries across 12 regions of Russia, the Czech Republic and Lithuania.




The objective was to  fundamentally change the purchasing  business processes throughout the holding in line with the digital transformation initiative by introducing a corporate marketplace.


  • Cost reduction
  • Functional flexibility improvement
  • Business process optimization
  • Processes acceleration
  • Reduced time to market




First priority for this project implementation was streamlining the internal and external processes. Considering the dynamic changes in priorities, functional requirements and scope, along with the high development speed, we made a decision to use Agile.

This called for clear and transparent communications within the project team and assigning areas of responsibility.

Moving in 1-2 week sprints, the team performed joint high-level planning for upcoming sprints with their subsequent adjustment after each refinement iteration. The development team and the project team as a whole demonstrated a high level of professionalism and commitment with regards to project implementation.

In the shortest possible time the Digital Element and UMMC holding project team managed to do the near-impossible by changing the business processes, developing a software platform, enabling the largest suppliers to join it and launching the corporate marketplace.


  • Building a fault-tolerant and reliable project architecture that is ready to handle large data volumes and high load;
  • Pre-project survey and purchasing business processes alignment across the holding;
  • Creating a monobus for integration with the holding accounting systems (SAP, 1C, etc.);
  • Creating a unified marketplace authentication system for all enterprises;
  • Creating a connection interface for new enterprises of the holding;
  • Creating a connection interface for new suppliers;
  • Creating individual supplier accounts for interaction with all enterprises of the holding;
  • Creating a marketplace API for integration with supplier accounting systems (Rest API);
  • Developing new functionality according to prioritized business requirements;
  • Developing mobile applications for iOS and Android.



The UMMC corporate marketplace is released in full and continues to develop rapidly, significantly expanding its functionality and business processes.

Thanks to the digital transformation of purchasing throughout the holding, the following goals were achieved in 2022:

> 50 connected enterprises of the holding

> 5,000 users

> 1 million products from suppliers

> 10,000 orders per month

> 100,000 ordered items per month

> 20 large supplier companies