SAP Ariba

SAP Ariba is a software company that provides cloud-based procurement, spend management and supply chain services that enable suppliers and buyers to connect and do business globally.

WMS Middle East is the authorized SAP Gold Partners to sell, deploy and manage SAP Ariba Solution across the ME region.

The technology SAP Ariba offers is designed to help companies negotiate better agreements with suppliers and provide better visibility and control over their spending.

The Ariba Network platform, which as of March 2018 has more than 3+ million buyers and suppliers and more than $1.7 trillion in transactions executed over the Network.

SAP Ariba’s Solution Overview

SAP Ariba solutions can revolutionize and enhance many aspects of businesses, from procurement to financial supply chain management.SAP Ariba is how companies connect to get business done, using our market-leading, digital commerce solutions and Ariba Network. Buyers and suppliers from more than 3.6 million large, midsize, and growing companies, operating in more than 190 countries, are discovering new opportunities, collaborating on transactions, and growing their businesses.

Now you can more effectively and efficiently manage all or part of the purchasing process, while controlling spending, finding new sources of savings, and building a healthy supply chain with $4.6 billion in goods and services traded every day.

SAP Ariba’s specialized Solutions verticals:

  • Supplier Management
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Solution for Direct Spend
  • Procurement
  • Financial Supply Chain
  • Solution for Midsize and Growing Companies
  • Platform Solutions
  • Integration Solutions
  • Services for Buyers

Supplier Management

How much simpler would supplier management be if you had a reliable, up-to-date, and comprehensive view of supplier information, spend, performance, and risk? And how much easier would you find it to reduce risk and prevent savings leakage if supplier qualification and segmentation were an integral part of your buying processes?

SAP Ariba Supplier Management makes this possible. Integrated with the rest of your procurement processes, it’s the only end-to-end solution portfolio that lets you manage supplier information, lifecycle, performance, and risk all in one place.

With SAP Ariba, you can drive spend to preferred suppliers and reduce risk every step of the way, from supplier on-boarding and qualification to segmentation and performance management. You can:

  • Get a unified supplier record with a high degree of confidence in the data
  • Integrate consistent supplier qualification and segmentation with other procurement processes
  • Scale supplier risk management and compliance to your entire supply base

Supplier Risk Management

With SAP Ariba Supplier Risk, you can help your buyers make smarter, safer decisions before purchase, simply by making risk due diligence a natural part of the procurement process. And when your buyers are well informed, they’ll make decisions that prevent supply chain disruptions. That helps you avoid damage to your revenue or reputation. Also, you’ll gain a high degree of confidence that your supplier information is correct and up to date.

Supplier Lifecycle Management

SAP Ariba Supplier Lifecycle and Performance is a unique supplier lifecycle management solution. Its capabilities are integrated with your procurement processes to help you drive spend to preferred suppliers and scale compliance for your entire supply base. These capabilities are designed to:

  • Provide you with a single, accurate supplier record
  • Make it easy for suppliers to maintain their own information
  • Let you manage suppliers based on specific parameters
  • Help you operate with speed and consistency in the entire procurement process

Supplier Relationship Management

You’ve relied on SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM) to streamline and standardize your company’s sourcing and procurement functions for greater efficiency. Now SAP is encouraging you to digitally transform these functions with SAP Ariba’s cloud solution suite, supported by the speed and power of SAP S/4HANA.

Using SAP Ariba solutions and Ariba Network, you can safely and securely extend your sourcing and procurement processes beyond the four walls of your organization and into the cloud. There, you and your suppliers can exchange information, improve visibility, and collaborate with greater efficiency and effectiveness. Take some time to explore these five solution areas:

  • Supplier Management
  • Ariba Strategic Sourcing
  • Ariba Solution for Direct Spend
  • Ariba Procurement
  • Ariba Financial Supply Chain

 

Strategic Sourcing

With the SAP Ariba Strategic Sourcing solution portfolio, you can manage your entire sourcing, contracting, and spend analysis processes for all types of spend – direct and indirect materials as well as services – all in one place. Integrated into your execution and procurement processes, these solutions can help you to:

  • Aggregate and classify all purchases, company-wide
  • Gain visibility, segment spend, and identify savings opportunities
  • Standardize source-to-contract processes across teams and business units
  • Drive materials cost savings and optimization across all spend categories
  • Ensure that the savings you negotiate are fully realized
  • Increase speed and drive up throughput across your teams
  • Reduce risk by finding better suppliers and innovation partners

SAP Ariba Sourcing

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’ll get with SAP Ariba sourcing solutions. With tight integration to Ariba Network and connections to more than 3.6 million companies, SAP Ariba Sourcing and SAP Ariba Strategic Sourcing Suite provides the features and benefits you need to deliver the best sourcing results ever.

And you can simplify your sourcing processes further with the SAP Ariba Strategic Sourcing Suite by using a single solution for all your spend categories – services, indirect materials, and direct materials.

SAP Ariba Spend Analysis

SAP Ariba gathers your spend data from wherever it lives, classifies it according to company and industry standards, and then enriches it with Dun & Bradstreet market intelligence to deliver insightful analysis of your business buying behaviour.

Spend analysis delivers the spend visibility you need to make better, faster, and more confident buying decisions – and negotiate with more clout. That’s because you’ll know:

  • How much you’re spending among families of suppliers
  • Where savings leak, prices vary, and purchasing overlaps
  • Compare your spend to that of your industry peers

You can also see which suppliers can help you achieve diversity and sustainability – and more.

SAP Ariba Contracts

Say goodbye to misplaced and mismanaged paper contracts and to the risks and lost savings that go with them. With contract management software from SAP Ariba, you can eliminate the paper and ink from the creation, execution, and management of any type of contractual agreement.

Here are just some of the things you can do with our contract management software:

  • Manage procurement and sales contracts, IP licenses, internal agreements, and more
  • Automate and accelerate the entire contract lifecycle
  • Standardize and control contract development
  • Strengthen operational, contractual, and regulatory compliance

You’ll find it far easier to collaborate on contracts with all stakeholders – no matter where you operate in today’s digital economy.

You furthermore find the below portfolio of Strategic Sourcing:

  • SAP Ariba Discovery for buyers
  • SAP Ariba Start Sourcing
  • SAP Ariba Savings Pipeline and Tracking

 

Direct Spend Solutions

Digitize your extended supply chain with end-to-end, digital procurement solutions that support your direct spend, starting with integration with your product design and R&D processes, all the way through manufacturing execution and delivery.

SAP Ariba Solutions for Direct Spend integrate seamlessly with your PLM, ERP, and SAP Integrated Business Planning systems to unlock a world of benefits, including:

  • Faster time to market and time to volume: Integrate R&D and product design with sourcing, procurement, and supply chain management to accelerate innovation.
  • Quick and accurate sourcing: Source all materials and services for multi-level BOMs on a single platform, and move smoothly toward volume production.
  • Effective supplier collaboration: Identify any potential supply shortages before they occur.
  • Better product cost management: Minimize contract leakage and realize negotiated savings when all purchase orders reflect supplier agreements.
  • Stronger compliance: Tie supplier qualification and sourcing together to ensure selection of qualified suppliers and mitigate supply chain disruptions.
  • Complete supply chain visibility: Collaborate with multiple tiers of suppliers to manage your non-linear and external supply chains, reduce inventory levels, increase fill rates, and increase team productivity.

SAP Ariba Supply Chain Mobile App

With the SAP Ariba Supply Chain mobile app, you can get instant supply chain visibility anytime. Use the app to monitor and manage availability of supply; to view information from purchase orders, confirmations, and ship notices; and to obtain proactive alerts for unconfirmed items. You’ll never miss a critical supply notification or alert. Imagine how much more productive you’ll be when you’re untethered from that desktop computer.

 

Procurement

Whether you want to improve your entire buying and settlement process end-to-end, or just part of it, SAP Ariba e-procurement software solutions deliver negotiated savings that improve your bottom line. You can gain more control over costs and risks in your buying processes and:

  • Reduce buying cycles by 50%
  • Cut supply costs by 10%
  • Lower processing costs by 25% to 60%

With SAP Ariba, you get the broadest set of capabilities on the market. Like market-leading innovations in guided buying and spot buy. Plus the most pre-enabled suppliers, easy supplier and catalog enablement, and integration with Ariba Network – more than 3.6 million connected companies strong, and growing.

Procure to Pay

SAP Ariba Buying and Invoicing is the easy-to-use, procure-to-pay software solution that sets the standard for all other procurement software offerings. It’s user-friendly, with streamlined catalog maintenance and a configurable interface.

The solution can help your business become more agile by allowing you to better control global spend with flexible management and visibility tools. SAP Ariba Buying and Invoicing also helps you to simplify commerce by consolidating and managing all your key processes.

Buyers from large, midsize, and growing companies enjoy the simple and smart guided buying experience. It delivers a quick ROI through built-in approval flows that ensure both catalog and contract compliance. The result: Your negotiated savings actually reach your bottom line.

Guided Buying

Guided buying brings suppliers and buyers together to help streamline procurement. By encouraging your employees to follow procurement guidelines – without having to read them first – you can help them quickly and easily buy goods and services from preferred suppliers with minimal support from your procurement teams.

With this built-in capability of SAP Ariba procurement solutions, you can:

  • Use integrated supplier performance management tools to expand supplier participation
  • Collaborate with suppliers directly through the buying interface
  • Embed rules to ensure the buying process is compliant with your procurement policies

You’ll also boost adoption of your SAP Ariba procurement solution because all users, from the occasional to the frequent buyer, will find the buying experience easier and more satisfying.

Spot Buying

When it doesn’t make sense to source a one-off or emergency purchase, turn to SAP Ariba Spot Buy. This innovative capability of SAP Ariba Procurement solutions* provides:

  • An easy way to quickly find and buy what you need from among more than 10 million items
  • A trusted source of supply from hundreds of pre-enabled suppliers
  • Control, because you customize it according to your policies and procedures, and then receive detailed data for monitoring and reconciling transactions

Here’s how it works:

  • Find: When an item can’t be found in the company catalog, users search the SAP Ariba Spot Buy catalog, filtering results by category, brand, and price.
  • Approve: Configurable business rules and spot buy-specific workflow enforce corporate policies.
  • Buy: Approved purchase requisitions trigger checkout, secure payment, and shipment of goods.

SAP Ariba Spot Buy benefits suppliers, too. It provides them with a sales channel through which they can not only boost sales to existing customers, but also generate new sales and gain additional market share by offering their goods when and where buyers need them.

 

Financial Supply Chain

Market-leading financial supply chain management solutions from SAP Ariba give you the capabilities, intelligence, and global reach to transform your payables from liabilities into strategic assets. You can finally eliminate manual processes that make it costly and time-consuming to manage exceptions and enforce compliance. Our solutions can also help your business to:

  • Automate invoice capture, workflow and approval
  • Eliminate invoice exceptions
  • Ensure invoices are linked to purchase orders, contracts, and service sheets
  • Keep up with jurisdictional invoice tax regulations
  • Increase free cash flow and improve working capital metrics
  • Reduce costs and liquidity risk in your supply chain
  • Capture more early payment discounts

Only SAP Ariba makes it possible to have solutions seamlessly integrated with the most comprehensive procurement platform and the world’s largest business network to deliver full visibility from source to settle, for more effective financial supply chain management. Unlock the trapped value from your payables and streamline transactions and invoice management — making life better for everyone with a stake in your financial supply chain.

Invoice Management

Invoice automation can lower processing costs by about 60% – reason enough to use invoice management software. But only SAP Ariba offers smart invoicing through Ariba Network. With smart invoicing, network business rules alert suppliers about errors and prevent incorrect invoices from entering your process workflow or back-end system. What’s more, you can capture and automate the processing of all your invoices, including PDF invoices, non-PO invoices, and invoices for complex services. This enables close to 100% touch less processing, as well as:

  • Accelerated cycle time
  • Automated exception-handling
  • Stronger compliance
  • Reduced savings leakage
  • Supplier visibility into payment status
  • Improved cash flow for your suppliers
  • Automated capture of negotiated terms

Now, instead of spending its time handling paper, exceptions, and phone calls, your AP team can focus on more strategic pursuits. Like helping to free up cash and optimize working capital.

SAP Ariba Payables

SAP Ariba Payables solution can help you transform your payables into strategic assets that deliver significant benefits for your company. Increase your DPO, earn more on your short-term cash, deliver benefits to your suppliers, close the loop on your procure-to-pay process, and more.

You’ll also have access to expert-support from our working capital management consulting and services team at no extra charge, so you can:

  • Assess your current payment terms, working capital, and cash positions and compare them with industry averages
  • Identify the best way to work with each of your suppliers
  • Design, run, and maintain a program to free up working capital while earning risk-free cash returns.

 

Platform Solution

Globalization and digital transformation are placing new demands on your organization, requiring you to react rapidly to constantly changing business needs and market conditions. And, users are more empowered than ever to access information in real time. Shouldn’t the technology you use be able to keep up with this revolution?

The SAP Ariba platform has been designed with granular micro services architecture to allow for agility, flexibility, and scalability to adapt to changing technologies today and in the future. That means real-time insights, best-in-class security, data reporting and analytics, user experience, and search technologies all are wrapped up in one open platform to help us, help you, bring all new procurement experiences to your users.

Extension Studio

Extension Studio allows you to enhance your SAP Ariba solution with drag-and-drop tools, enabling you to quickly create forms, tailor business processes, and adapt your SAP Ariba solution to your business needs with minimum dependency on IT or external services. It is the simplest, fastest way to extend the function of your procurement solution. And you can do it all on your own.

With Extension Studio from SAP Ariba, you can now:

  • Create standalone forms using simple, easy-to-use, drag-and-drop tools and templates
  • Empower business users in the organization to extend, modify, and create process flows to support new functionality
  • Use self-service tools to create new procurement business processes

SAP Ariba APIs

One size doesn’t fit all. To make sure your SAP Ariba solutions meet your specific industry, regional, or other business needs, register to access SAP Ariba APIs. With APIs, you can enhance and extend the value of your procurement processes and gain access to cloud-based data. APIs can help you

  • Customize and enhance your procurement solutions adding process, industry, or geography and region-specific information to meet your unique business needs
  • Easily access business data for approval, reporting, or analytics purposes using existing tools and apps
  • Create your new applications on any cloud development platform
  • Rapidly innovate and scale with other enterprise cloud self-service models

 

Integration Solution

Unlock the full value of your SAP Ariba solutions by integrating them with your existing back-end solutions and ERP; WMS makes it simple to do. We offer broad integration with all back-end systems and even deeper integration with SAP solutions with powerful results.

Now you can achieve truly touch less transacting, driving significant savings and efficiency gains for your business. On a single, connected platform for managing all spend, you can easily analyse all global purchases to optimize procurement results. Count on your integration framework and solutions being based on:

  • Choice – Integration options that fit into your existing landscape
  • Open Standards – Common technologies your IT team can user for connectivity and data exchange
  • Simplicity – Cloud apps that require no new hardware
  • Extensible Business Processes – A rich portfolio of standard integrated business processes

SAP Ariba with S/4 HANA

You’ve made significant investments in your IT and infrastructure. SAP ERP landscapes in particular can be very complex for large enterprises, with no two being exactly alike. But that doesn’t mean that there cannot be a consistent and simple approach to integration using SAP S/4HANA. It enables WMS/SAP Ariba to offer many different integration scenarios to support many business processes, the most typical process being purchase order (PO) and invoice automation.

  • You get a best-in-class, seamlessly integrated procurement business process
  • You can minimize your overall integration costs
  • The value of your SAP ERP investments are protected and enhanced
  • By aligning SAP and SAP Ariba strategies, you’re assured that your investments will continue to deliver value for years to come
  • You’ll be able to create supplier relationships faster, and get all business commerce with them fully integrated with your automated purchase order and invoice processing

SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway

So many system integrations to manage, so little time. Lines of business across your organization are subscribing to a variety of new cloud apps that you need to integrate with your back-end infrastructure. Your B2B customers demand network integration to connect with them for e-commerce. So you need to simplify and speed up system integration. And deliver a secure, reliable, and unified user experience.

SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway, enabled by SAP Cloud Platform Integration, gives you that fast, simple way to connect your back-end systems without the need for multiple adapters. Intuitive self-service tools let you quickly configure, extend, and test processes, while automated upgrades and monitoring make it easy to keep transactions flowing smoothly.

With this single integration gateway to Ariba Network, you can help your company:

  • Speed up end-to-end integration
  • Quickly connect with all trading partners
  • Optimize procurement processes and your supply chain
  • Enjoy a faster market-to-cash cycle
  • Achieve touch less e-commerce transactions
  • Realize a lower total cost of ownership and faster return on investment
  • SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway is available to facilitate transactions between buyers and suppliers on Ariba Network as well as for integrating SAP Ariba cloud applications.

 

Services for Buyers

Before and after deployment, WMS will be there for you. We provide support for change management, adoption, connectivity, or on-going process improvements. Your organization benefits from our know-how, technology, and market intelligence. You’ll get strategic coaching and guidance from a contact,who can tap into SAP Ariba’s our extensive team of experts, helping you drive stronger business commerce.