A free, cloud-based service that gives you access to more than 2.5 million suppliers on Ariba Network

SAP Ariba Start Sourcing is an intuitive, web-based RFX management tool powered and supported by FreeMarkets, the online marketplace that started it all. Use this free sourcing software delivered in the cloud to quickly and easily create and manage sourcing events that can cut sourcing cycle times by 50 percent, reduce administrative costs by 15 percent, and realize immediate savings of 8 percent to 14 percent. And you can do so without burdening your IT team or your operating budget.

Product Features

Fast RFX publishing

Accelerate your work with a wizard-driven process and rapidly create and publish your RFI, RFP, and reverse and forward auctions.

Up-to-date supplier information

Suppliers are motivated by competition to keep their profiles current, so you can spend your time more productively.

Rapid, efficient communications

Handle supplier Q&A and exchange messages right from your event: one-to-one, one-to-many, buyer-to-buyer, and buyer-to-supplier.

More competitive bids

When you create your sourcing event, qualified suppliers on Ariba Network are alerted to your needs, stimulating more competition and bids for your business.

Handy dashboards and reports

Drive events from your configurable dashboard and stay informed about status, tasks, responses, and more with ready-made, exportable reports.

Global and multilingual capabilities

Information is normalized to your preferences when suppliers bid in their native language and currency.

Helpful online resources

Web-based tech support, tutorials, and RFX templates are at your fingertips to help build your sourcing events.

Introductions to new sources

Each of your sourcing events is posted with SAP Ariba Discovery, our free buyer-seller matching service.

Two-user capacity

Two users can both create two sourcing events per month. Minimum usage requirement is one event per month for your company.

Broad team collaboration

Up to 20 team members can gain visibility into a sourcing event to collaborate and provide feedback.