SAP and Ariba: Examining Cloud and On-Premise Choices and Product-Line Competition [PRO]

Even though Ariba is now operating under the procurement line of business at SAP – rather than as an independent company within the SAP umbrella – it still has a lot of influence on sales behavior in the field given the product choices suggested to customers (there’s sometimes more on the available product price sheet than is portrayed). For one, the rumors of the death of SAP SRM are greatly exaggerated – the current roadmap goes out over five years! In this Spend Matters PRO research brief, Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell and Managing Director Jason Busch provide an overview of many of the products on the SAP procurement price sheet now (coming from both Ariba and SAP) including spend analysis, sourcing, eProcurement/transactional purchasing, e-invoicing, and supplier management. In the analysis, the two analysts also comment on some of the statements SAP is making to customers about recommended solutions. This is the first in a highly detailed set of briefing papers we will be offering covering the SAP and Ariba product/solution set, roadmap, network strategy, and broader procurement vision, inclusive of direct materials and services procurement enablement.

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