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Choose the solution that best meets your needs for sourcing indirect, direct, and services

To negotiate best-value sourcing agreements, the kind that provide sustainable savings, you need the right strategic sourcing environment. One that's connected to a powerful supplier network and built with superior tools, expertise, and information.

That’s exactly what you get with strategic sourcing solutions from SAP. With tight integration to Ariba Network and connections to more than 6.7 million companies, SAP Source-to-Contract Suite and SAP Strategic Sourcing Suite provide you with the features and benefits you need to deliver the best sourcing results ever. Choose the source-to-contract suite if your needs are primarily for indirect materials, and the strategic sourcing suite if your needs are in direct materials. 

And with the guided sourcing capability that comes with both solutions, you can expedite and improve the creation, monitoring, and awarding of request for information (RFI) and request for proposal (RFP) sourcing events. Friendly and intuitive, guided sourcing delivers simplified, streamlined processes that help reduce the time and effort needed to drive sourcing events, making it easier for you to realize sourcing savings faster.

Compare the Solutions

Compare the primary features of SAP Ariba Sourcing and SAP Strategic Sourcing Suite to determine which solution can help you create the right sourcing environment for your organization.

Solution Feature
Description SAP Ariba Sourcing
SAP Strategic Sourcing Suite
Fast time-to-value Cloud-based delivery means fast ROI and low TCO. enabled enabled 
Quick and easy supplier discovery  Find qualified suppliers with free business matchmaking. enabled enabled 
Supplier profile management Lower supply risk with up-to-date supplier information. enabled enabled
Guided sourcing capability Wizards and tools help guide the way in events both simple and complex. enabled enabled 
Compliance through workflow Ensure compliance with advanced, automated workflow and approval routing. enabled enabled 
Sourcing event support Sourcing and event-day management assistance, including level-one help for both buyers and suppliers. enabled enabled 
Procurement operations desk Automate and improve procurement support while boosting team productivity and performance with this scalable, intelligent solution capability. enabled enabled
Expertise and best practices From onsite consulting to web-based templates, services are available to maximize your ROI. enabled enabled 
Advanced negotiation types Multiple event types and advanced scoring, along with award optimization and analysis, increase materials savings. enabled enabled 
Savings pipeline and tracking capability Optional, preintegrated solution that provides savings pipeline and tracking functionality for driving and evaluating the impact of sourcing programs. enabled enabled 
Advanced direct materials sourcing capabilities Innovations enable sourcing of both indirect and advanced direct materials on a single platform. disabled enabled 
Product lifecycle sourcing Seamless data sharing through integration with PLM, material management, and vendor management systems. disabled enabled 
Integrated contract management Improve control and compliance with integrated capabilities for authoring and approving contracts, including a clause library, workflow, and centralized repository. disabled enabled 
Integrated supplier lifecycle and performance management Capabilities and resources include your self-service portal, flexible matrix qualification, scorecards, and supplier performance management. disabled enabled 



SAP Strategic Sourcing Suite

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Discrete Manufacturing

Learn how you can accelerate time to market for new products and gain greater pricing and forecasting visibility while increasing savings.

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Process Manufacturing

Download this datasheet to find out how SAP can help you accelerate time to market, shorten source-to-contract cycle times, and reduce direct spend costs.

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Retail

Read how, with SAP sourcing solutions, you can accelerate time to market for private-label products, reduce source-to-contract cycles by up to 50%, and more.

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Real Customers. Real Results.

Take a look at these success stories from customers using SAP sourcing solutions.

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Dabur India Limited

“SAP Ariba Sourcing is... a simple tool that allows buyers and suppliers to work independently without much assistance. And with the whole process managed in one place, we have greater spend control and transparency."

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The Central America Bottling Corporation

“Thanks to SAP Ariba solutions... We can see where our vendor relationships could save us money and focus on building relationships with only the best suppliers.”

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Related Resources

Watch a demonstration

Watch a 30-minute, on-demand demo of the new guided sourcing user experience and learn how you can more easily increase user adoption and generate greater savings.

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Frequently asked questions about guided sourcing

Learn more about the new guided sourcing capability in this comprehensive set of questions and answers.

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Guided sourcing overview

Watch this 3-minute video for a quick overview of guided sourcing, the new user interface and capabilities that delivers a simplified, intuitive experience with SAP Ariba Sourcing solutions.

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