Procure-to-pay process overview

Procure-to-pay is the process of integrating purchasing and accounts payable systems to create greater efficiencies. It exists within the larger procurement management process and involves four key stages: selecting goods and services; enforcing compliance and order; receiving and reconciliation; invoicing and payment. 

Digitalizing your procurement process with procure-to-pay software solutions can strengthen compliance and control among vendors, contracts, regulations, buyers, and accounts payable. Because it helps organizations buy from preferred suppliers at negotiated prices without the manual paperwork and spreadsheet headaches, process automation with procure-to-pay software can:

  • Actively control and improve global spend

  • Consolidate most manual commerce processes to reduce errors

  • Streamline catalog maintenance, saving time and freeing up resources

  • Rapidly enable the approval of new suppliers

  • Drive savings to the bottom line to maximize the value of sourcing negotiations

Procure-to-pay management solutions create approval flows that ensure negotiated savings actually reach your bottom line.

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Gain valuable insights into essential procurement processes

Digitalizing procure-to-pay processes with today's software solutions can improve procurement management and establish control over global spending. It delivers quick ROI through catalog and contract compliance and can identify areas of current and potential concern for further process optimization.

Procure-to-pay software is the key to better compliance and spending control

Stay flexible and achieve procurement goals with scalable software that can be dialed up or down as you need different resources at different times. Procure-to-pay software can provide:

Simple and elegant shopping experiences

Efficient and effective integration with ERP systems

Improved speed, usability, and performance of the procure-to-pay process

Control over purchasing, including complex business services

Flexible global processes, budget checking, and approvals with dynamic purchasing units

Supplier, process, payment, budget, and approval management for operations anywhere in the world

Best practices integrated within the context of the task at hand

Seamless receipt and reconciliation processes

SAP Ariba Procure to Pay Solutions

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SAP Ariba Buying and Invoicing

Control spend and decrease risk with this procure-to-pay software that sets the standard for all other procurement software offerings.

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Guided buying gives employees a simple way to buy smarter.

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SAP Ariba's Procurement Operations Desk capability simplifies and automates procurement support management
Procurement Operations Desk

Boost your procurement operation team’s productivity and performance using this scalable, intelligent capability of SAP Ariba Buying and SAP Ariba Sourcing.

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