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SAP and Ariba: Customer and Prospect Implications – Sourcing, Spend Analysis, Supplier Management and Contract Management [Plus+]

Ariba and SAP customers and prospects should continue to evaluate sourcing tools independently. Given the limited integration touch-points in the sourcing area between spend analysis and contract management, organizations should not be worried about the integration of various best-of-breed tools even if they plan to standardize on an SAP/Ariba suite and network vision at some point in time. For general advanced sourcing capabilities, we still recommend CombineNet, Trade Extensions, Emptoris/IBM, BravoSolution and Iasta over Ariba and SAP. For direct spend sourcing capabilities, Co-Exprise, MFG.com, FullStep, Pool4Tool and others offer unique capabilities in their own right (of the three, for direct spend we believe Co-Exprise has the most unique mash-up of PLM, secure file-sharing/collaboration, sourcing and spend analysis in the market). Organizations may also wish to consider GEP, Zycus, and range of other e-sourcing providers.