Spend Matters 50/50: SAP – A Provider to Know in 2015

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We announced here and here our two (not ranked) lists: Spend Matters 50 To Know and 50 To Watch firms for 2015/2016. In the first case, this is our view of the 50 solution provider type organisations in the procurement industry that every senior procurement leader should be aware of and understand. The 50 To Watch are the up-and-coming firms  - those with interesting and relatively new solutions for our market. The 50 To Know are the key organisations in our industry that procurement executives need to have on their radar.

Having announced the lists, our US colleagues are now featuring each of the 100 firms in turn with an article giving an overview of each, with some headline Spend Matters thoughts on them. So on this site we will be giving you a brief extract of the US article, plus adding our own comments where we have anything useful to add from a European perspective. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t!

Here is what our US colleagues had to say about SAP:

"SAP is essentially a holding company of many business units and acquired companies. It, of course, offers its SAP ERP product suite, but also offers its SRM product line that was a self-service e-procurement product (including catalog management) acquired from Commerce One. SAP also offers its SAP CLM and SAP Sourcing products that it acquired from Frictionless Commerce ... Most pertinent, however, to procurement is SAP’s acquisition of Ariba, which offers a complete cloud-based source-to-pay application suite and also the Ariba Network that is essentially a combination of an e-marketplace and a set of cloud applications (e.g., invoicing and payments) and enablement/connectivity services. SAP also purchased Fieldglass, a vendor management system (VMS), to support services procurement and contingent labor management ... it is best suited to customers who want a large provider with this type of inertia and scale under one roof ..."

You can read more of what our US colleagues have to say here. In terms of Europe: well, what can we say? SAP was of course a business founded in Germany, which is still a key powerhouse of the firm in terms of both internal management and the customer base. I remember going to their first UK office back in the mid-19802, and the firm is present and strong across Europe and beyond. Some of their recent acquisitions have been perhaps less established in Europe; Fieldglass were building a stronger presence at the time of the take-over, but Concur were perhaps less strong here than in th US. However, SAP and its constituent parts is, of course, a firm that all procurement folk should understand, wherever you are based.


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