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

05/04/2022 By

Sourcing providers with specific capabilities for direct materials, a hot market, include Ivalua 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 Ivalua 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: Ivalua exceeds the functional benchmark in all 18 areas; SAP Ariba exceeds the functional benchmark in 17 areas (all but cost modeling); Ivalua exceeds SAP Ariba’s score in nine categories (analytics, configurability, contracting support, cost modeling, demand management, modern sourcing platform, project/program management, technology and unique capabilities); SAP Ariba exceeds Ivalua’s score in eight categories (category management, core BoM support, integrations, RFX, reverse auctions, services, supplier discovery and intel and supplier portal); the providers tie in one category (sourcing optimization).

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