Identifying SAP Sourcing Solutions


After completing this lesson, you will be able to Identify SAP Ariba Sourcing Solutions.

The SAP Sourcing Solutions

What is Strategic Sourcing?

While purchasing is a business process that organizations use to acquire essential products and services in a timely, cost-effective way, strategic sourcing takes a more holistic approach that involves collecting data, analyzing costing and prices, category management, collaborating deeply with suppliers, conducting market research, and negotiating competitively priced contracts.

Identifying SAP Ariba Sourcing Solutions

  • SAP Strategic Sourcing Suite: ​The SAP Strategic Sourcing Suite bundles together SAP Ariba Sourcing, SAP Ariba Contracts, and SAP Ariba Supplier Lifecycle and Performance, plus includes the ability to use Direct Spend Sourcing.​
  • SAP Source-to-Contract Suite: The SAP Source-to-Contract Suite bundles together SAP Ariba Sourcing, SAP Ariba Contracts, and SAP Ariba Supplier Lifecycle and Performance.​
  • SAP Ariba Sourcing: Discover and select qualified suppliers of indirect materials from a broad supplier network and automate, streamline, and track sourcing activities through sourcing projects and events.​
  • Direct Spend Sourcing: Allows sourcing and commodity management in procurement departments to source direct materials through bill of materials collaboration, manufacturing cost breakdown, and integration with SAP ERP. Formerly referred to as Direct Material Sourcing (DMS).

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The SAP Source-to-Contract Suite

SAP Source-to-Contract Suite can help you integrate sourcing, contracting, and supplier management on a unified platform and source key spend types – improving cycle time while driving contract compliance and immediate savings.​

Optimize cost, manage risk, and ensure that the savings that you negotiate are realized with SAP Source-to-Contract Suite solutions.​​​

SAP Ariba Sourcing for Indirect Materials

SAP Ariba Sourcing

The SAP Ariba Sourcing solution helps organizations realize sustainable savings across spend categories through strategy development and execution, supplier discovery, and savings tracking. SAP Ariba Sourcing integrates patented "request for" (RFX) technology, process workflows, commodity intelligence, and supplier discovery, resulting in a flexible, comprehensive sourcing solution that enables fast, sustainable, bottom-line results. ​

SAP Ariba Sourcing has recently introduced the guided sourcing capability for SAP Ariba Sourcing to modernize the user experience with the option to view projects in the classic view.​

Direct Spend Sourcing

Direct Spend Sourcing helps manufacturers accelerate the sourcing process and optimize direct spend costs during product development and subsequent cost-out programs. It not only helps you involve sourcing teams earlier in the new-product development process, but it also supports collaboration across internal engineering and sourcing teams, as well as with external manufacturers and raw material and component suppliers. This collaboration helps you design for manufacturability and costing; quickly, accurately, and efficiently, by leveraging the innovation power of your suppliers.

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