Skip to content

Integrate product sourcing with procurement to drive innovation

Optimizing spend is a critical step toward freeing up the resources you need to invest in new business models and introduce innovative products to the marketplace. One way to achieve this is by integrating product sourcing solutions from SAP with your procurement processes. 

These solutions can help automotive companies, OEMs, suppliers, and other channel partners collaborate more effectively, streamline processes, and accelerate innovation across the product lifecycle.

We can help you maximize supplier relationships to improve performance and the bottom line. And stay competitive with a lean, agile operation that handles commodity volatility, responds profitably to ever-changing customer needs, and sources materials and equipment with a balance between cost and risk.

With SAP solutions, you can encourage new revenue opportunities – while also mitigating the risks associated with market and supply chain disruption – by:

  • Enabling managed spending of new product introductions

  • Improving transparency into global spend

  • Building foresight and resilience into MRO asset management

  • Integrating sourcing and procurement processes for direct, indirect, and services

  • Strengthening contract and regulatory compliance


The SAP Advantage

Intelligent spend management

Transform spending across the organization to streamline costs, comply with regulations, and achieve economies of scale. Reimagine the buying experience for direct and indirect materials, services, and contingent workforce to better manage costs and risks while strengthening business resiliency.

Complete supply chain visibility

With network-based supply chain collaboration, you can collaborate with multiple tiers of suppliers to manage your automotive supply chain, sharing forecasts, anticipating problems, and onboarding all of your suppliers seamlessly.

Collaborative MRO asset management

Minimize the threat of downtime with timely and coordinated access to mission-critical spare parts and a skilled workforce. Collaborate with MRO suppliers and contingent labor partners to increase uptime of key assets without incurring added costs for expedited spare parts or excess labor.

Greater purchasing compliance

Give employees a simple way to buy the goods and services they need to do their jobs, all in one place. With the guided buying capability, they’ll adhere to your policies and processes to buy from preferred suppliers – without the need for you to get involved.

Innovative supplier experience management

Survey, analyze, and act upon supplier issues more purposefully with Qualtrics XM for Suppliers. Gather data that can strengthen your security of supply and accelerate time-to-savings with real-time supplier insights.

Better external workforce management

Use SAP Fieldglass solutions to gather data and insights that can help you track and manage the fastest-growing segment of the workforce – contractors, consultants, freelancers, service providers, and contingent workers – with more efficiency and at lower cost.

Real Customers, Real Results library thumbnail for video about SAP Ariba customer Accenture

“Together, SAP and Accenture are continuing to invest in experience because this is key to shaping and influencing buying behaviors, which will put us on the right path for our intelligent spend management journey.”

Watch video
SAP Ariba library thumbnail for business transformation study about customer Yokohama Rubber
Yokohama Rubber

“In considering the transition to Ariba Network, we were motivated by a desire to move to a higher level in the areas of productivity in procurement, procurement costs, and internal dynamism.”

Read the Yokohama Rubber story library thumbnail for snapshot video about SAP Ariba customer NTT DATA Services
NTT DATA Services

“We had to build a lean and agile procurement team that could operate on a global basis and manage over $1 billion in annual spend. That’s why we needed world-class procurement tools like SAP Ariba solutions.”

Watch now

Related Resources

Cars on an assembly line for SAP auto industry e-book

Meet the demands of a rapidly changing industry

How can you deliver the innovative mobility solutions and digital experiences that today’s automotive customers demand? Explore how modern procurement and supply chain management practices can help.

Read the e-book

The Intelligent Automotive Business: The Future of Procurement

To run resilient, intelligent, and forward-thinking operations, automotive companies need a procurement strategy that manages all forms of spending in ways that free resources and optimizes innovation investment. Leading industry players are benefiting from this edge by transforming seven fundamental areas of their operations. Read this paper to learn more.

Read the SAP Point of View
Smiling man in cover photo of SAP Oxford Economics report titled The Imperative for Procurement Digital Transformation: Automotive

The Imperative for Procurement Digital Transformation: Automotive

To understand Procurement's readiness to support organizations in this time of disruption and change, SAP and Oxford Economics surveyed 1,000 executives in 23 countries and 14 industries. Download this report to discover what we learned from automotive executives and see how you compare with your peers.

Download research

Product sourcing software from SAP

Read our paper to learn how we can help your organization introduce new products, compete, and win as together we transform your sourcing processes for highly engineered products.

Download now
high-speed racecar image used on page about SAP solutions for the automotive industry

Paving the Way for Better Supplier Collaboration

Review this webinar on demand to hear how tier 1 automotive supplier MAHLE uses SAP S/4HANA and SAP Ariba to simplify collaboration with their suppliers and automate collaborative processes beyond their four walls.

Watch now

More from Oxford Economics: The Interconnected Automaker

Find out how industry leaders in automotive companies are integrating communications and data-sharing processes, increasing transparency into operations, and investing in collaborative technologies.

Read the report

Explore SAP Ariba Solutions

Product sourcing solutions

Equip sourcing and commodity management teams to establish high-value sourcing agreements that meet the unique needs of automotive and industrial manufacturing companies.

See what product sourcing can do

SAP Ariba Supplier Lifecycle and Performance

Drive spend to preferred suppliers and scale compliance for your entire supplier base, while managing suppliers better – all in one place.

Explore supplier management
Popular search terms: