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Available at no additional cost with SAP Ariba Buying and SAP Ariba Buying and Invoicing, guided buying gives your employees a simple, elegant way to buy smarter. It’s an intuitive experience that leads them to follow procurement guidelines and best practices – without the need to know them before they shop.

Guided buying helps you boost user adoption to reduce savings leakage and maverick spend, while it helps your employees to:

  • Easily buy from your preferred suppliers the goods and services they need to do their jobs
  • Effectively and efficiently collaborate with suppliers and category experts
  • Quickly complete purchasing transactions
  • Effortlessly comply with your purchasing policies and procedures

Product Features

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A simple experience that simplifies procurement operations. Intuitive screens and a single gateway for completing any procurement request makes low-dollar, high-volume requests completely self-service.

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Real-time guidance

Users know while shopping when a purchasing or budget policy is violated, rather than finding out after submitting a request. You set rules that may allow them to proceed with the exception or require a different purchase.

Cost savings

Through greater compliance, less savings leakage, and easier supplier collaboration, significant savings can be allocated to more strategic organizational initiatives.

Supplier management and collaboration

Integration with other SAP Ariba solutions facilitates both supplier management and collaboration on one-off purchases, with the ability to select preferred suppliers as well as request quotes via Ariba Network.

Internal collaboration

Based on what the user is buying and where the user is located, guided buying gives instant access to the category expert in that user’s purchasing unit.

Persona-based dashboards

The guided buying capability can be flexibly configured to align forms, permissions, and system behavior for each user, presenting them with customized tiles and categories to streamline purchasing.

Help community

Exclusive guided buying help community provides the framework to provide targeted help content to users and make it easy for them to collaborate efficiently during their purchasing process.


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Watch an on-demand demo

To increase user engagement across all spend, guided buying provides a simple, smart, and elegant experience for end users and functional buyers. Watch this 20-minute demo replay to see how you can deliver a next-gen user experience for your employees.

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The Simple Way to Smarter Buying: Guided Buying Implementation

How can you get started with guided buying? By following a simple, three-step process, which is based on our work with SAP customers in industries around the world. Download this implementation guide for a detailed outline of each of these steps.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Related Solutions

The guided buying capability comes built-in with these SAP procurement solutions.

SAP Ariba Buying and Invoicing

SAP Ariba Buying and Invoicing is a best-in-class, easy-to-use procure-to-pay solution that helps companies effectively manage all spend-related processes and ensure negotiated savings reach the bottom line.

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SAP Ariba Buying

Choose this solution to automate your procure-to-order process and integrate with your back-end system to let your ERP handle invoice and payment processing.

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