Respond swiftly to changes in supply and demand while boosting profitability and shareholder value

Digitize your extended supply chain with end-to-end, digital procurement solutions that support your direct spend, starting with integration with your product design and R&D processes, all the way through manufacturing execution and delivery.

SAP Ariba Solutions for Direct Spend integrate seamlessly with your PLM, ERP, and SAP Integrated Business Planning systems to unlock a world of benefits, including:

  • Faster time to market and time to volume: Integrate R&D and product design with sourcing, procurement, and supply chain management to accelerate innovation.
  • Quick and accurate sourcing: Source all materials and services for multi-level BOMs on a single platform, and move smoothly toward volume production.
  • Effective supplier collaboration: Identify any potential supply shortages before they occur.
  • Better product cost management: Minimize contract leakage and realize negotiated savings when all purchase orders reflect supplier agreements.
  • Stronger compliance: Tie supplier qualification and sourcing together to ensure selection of qualified suppliers and mitigate supply chain disruptions.
  • Complete supply chain visibility: Collaborate with multiple tiers of suppliers to manage your non-linear and external supply chains, reduce inventory levels, increase fill rates, and increase team productivity.

Enabling Microsoft’s One Digital Supply Chain

Microsoft explains how working with SAP Ariba is streamlining their design-to-deliver direct spend processes and helping their One Digital Supply Chain initiative achieve its goals.

SAP Ariba Solutions for Direct Spend


Collaborating with direct spend suppliers and sourcing on SAP Ariba solutions offers more flexible, demand-driven manufacturing and improves cycle times.

Supply Chain IT Lead, leading high tech OEM

Supply Chain of the Future

Take a look at this infographic from The Economic Intelligence Unit to see how supply chains are becoming faster and stronger in a world where companies are connected by networks, mobile, and social.

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The Direct Approach

Download this report from Deloitte. Learn how, with preconfigured solutions, implementation support, and strategic guidance, Deloitte and SAP Ariba can transform your direct materials procurement.

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How We Did It: Direct Materials

Direct materials management a bit disconnected at your company? If Sourcing and Supply Chain aren’t playing well together, see what SAP Ariba’s direct materials solutions can do to bring them together.

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