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Coupa vs SAP Ariba in SolutionMap: Sourcing for Direct head-to-head technology evaluation and comparison

04/28/2022 By

Sourcing providers with specific capabilities for direct materials, a hot market, include Coupa and SAP Ariba — our two contenders for today’s head-to-head analysis. We know these solutions’ capabilities from doing demos and evaluating their functionality and customer feedback for our Spend Matters’ SolutionMap vendor rankings.

But what exactly differentiates the two vendors, and how do each one’s relative strengths factor into customer shortlist creation and ultimate selection?

In this Spend Matters PRO post, we’ll give readers insights from our detailed Sourcing SolutionMap analysis of Coupa and SAP Ariba.

For readers who are not subscribers to our PRO analyst content, here’s a preview:

When it comes to the SolutionMap functional benchmark, based on aggregate scoring for individual fields within each area: Coupa exceeds the functional benchmark in 17 areas (all but core BoM support); SAP Ariba exceeds the functional benchmark in 17 areas (all but cost modeling). Coupa exceeds SAP Ariba’s score in 13 categories (analytics, category management, configurability, contracting support, cost modeling, modern sourcing platform, project/program management, RFX, services, sourcing optimization, supplier discovery & intel, technology and unique capabilities). SAP Ariba exceeds Coupa’s score in five categories (core BoM support, demand management, integrations, reverse auctions and supplier portal).

Join us in this unfiltered analysis from our SolutionMap data.

Spend Matters’ head-to-head columns share the insights of each fall and spring SolutionMap update. Subscribers to our PRO analyst content and SolutionMap Insider content can read the head-to-head columns, which provide comparative cuts of SolutionMap benchmark data for two solutions. For each column, we provide comparisons against the benchmarks, comparative scoring of vendors across dozens of functional requirements, and our analysts’ take on how each solution holds up in the competitive ring.

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SolutionMap: Head-to-Head Comparison