Identifying the Areas in Procurement


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe the areas in procurement

Unit Overview

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System Overview

Before you learn more about the individual process steps in Procurement, you will familiarize yourself with the different applications that can be used in procurement in SAP.

As we can see in the overview, there are two possible systems that can be used in procurement. Originally, the entire procurement process took place in the SAP S/4HANA module Materials Management (MM).

SAP Ariba Overview

Now, in addition to using the SAP S/4HANA core to run the source-to-pay process, SAP also offers the SAP Ariba Procurement solution as well. Penelope has collected some information for you, to learn more about the portfolio of the SAP Ariba cloud solution.


In addition, you can use the Materials Management area from the SAP S/4HANA ERP system. This also offers the functionality for the source-to-pay process as well.

In the following lessons we will focus on the Source-to-pay Process in SAP S/4HANA.

Buying Process Using SAP Ariba Buying and Invoicing

As we have two solutions for procurement, the challenge is to find the best way to process your procurement requirements. As one option you could integrate the entire portfolio and use SAP ARIBA and the SAP S/4HANA ERP solution.

Penelope has prepared an illustration of a possible process flow by integrating SAP ARIBA in conjunction with SAP S/4HANA ERP:

Please note, that this is only an exemplary process flow.


Before we move on to the individual process steps, let us review the enterprise structures used in procurement and the solutions offered.

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