SAP Ariba software-as-a-service solution delivery

SAP Ariba's software solutions are subscription-based, pay-as-you-go services that you access with your web browser. They're known as software-as-a-service, or SaaS. See, we host and maintain a single instance of each application on a multi-tenant platform in the cloud. That makes them scalable, secure, and replicable, capable of meeting the needs of thousands of customers at the same time.

That means there's no need for you to install or maintain software or hardware; pay any upfront licensing fees; or suffer through lengthy implementation ordeals. You always work with the most up-to-date versions, just by paying affordable subscription rates for the services you use. In return, you get fast deployment, easy adoption, and early ROI.

What's more, SAP Ariba's flexible delivery model extends to our service offerings, too. Whatever challenge you're facing at the moment, we can design and deliver the help you need. Our data centers, technical support, and expert services are always standing by, offering global support in eight languages. And best-practice guidance is available through online and in-person training, process templates, and our call centers.

Most importantly, you can depend on our infrastructure. Our data centers are built from the ground up for continuous, secure, and reliable delivery.

Traditional enterprise application businesses are not built for such dynamic performance. Typical application development cycles are lengthy, and complicated by the need to support antiquated architectures and legacy application versions. In essence, they're primed for large, complex, and costly implementation and integration projects—not rapid on-boarding and flexible lifecycle support services. Here's a side-by-side comparison of traditional software models and SAP Ariba's SaaS model:

  Traditional Installed Software Model On Demand / SaaS Model
First-year costs
  • Application license
  • Large, upfront $
  • Subscription service
  • Initial solution fees < 50% of licensed installed software
  • First year total cost of ownership 5X - 10X less than installed software
Implementation cycles
  • 6 - 18 months
  • Days to weeks
Implementation fees
  • 1X - 4X cost of initial license
  • 10% - 25% of subscription
IT Infrastructure / Hardware
  • 18% - 25% of license fee
  • None
Maintenance fees
  • 18% - 25% of initial license
  • None
Frequency of upgrades
  • 1X per 12 - 18 months
  • < 3X - 4X / year
Cost of support / upgrades
  • Unpredictable / hidden costs
  • None

Take a look at SAP Ariba's SaaS Solutions