Strengthen SAP S/4HANA through SAP Ariba

SAP Ariba offers more extensive procurement functionality and integrates seamlessly with SAP S/4HANA

Have you already made the switch to SAP S/4HANA? And do you think Procurement is more important than just the operational purchasing processes or the ordering of goods or services? In that case it is good to know that SAP Ariba is the state-of-the-art solution from SAP for Procurement and that SAP Ariba integrates seamlessly with SAP S / 4HANA.

Why would you extend SAP S/4HANA with SAP Ariba modules or functionalities? Because your procurement processes and SAP Ariba go further than just the operational purchasing processes in SAP S/4HANA. You want to use the full Source-To-Settle functionalities that SAP Ariba offers.

Examples include Guided Buying, Commerce Automation (Ariba Network), collaborative Sourcing & Contract Management, Supplier Lifecycle & Performance, Supply Chain Collaboration and end-to-end supplier cooperation via the Ariba Network.

Due to the extensive integration possibilities of SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway, the SAP Ariba solutions can be connected to SAP S/4HANA easy as standard. Purchasing processes are thus supported by both SAP Ariba and SAP S/4HANA but form 1 experience for the user.

Figure: SAP S/4HANA and SAP Ariba solution landscape


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Guide your requesters very user-friendly through the ordering process via, among other things, layout in tiles (categories), Google-like search (cross catalog search), catalogs, forms, workflows, preferred suppliers and price requests from suppliers.


Connect your SAP S/4HANA to the Ariba Network to communicate digitally with your suppliers about orders, order confirmations, shipping information, receipts, service entry sheets, invoices and credit notes. You only have to connect once to reach all suppliers. The standard connection with the Ariba Network is free for suppliers.


SAP Ariba Sourcing is a convenient solution for tenders and auctions in strategic purchasing. It supports the search for the right supplier, the shortening of procurement cycles and the negotiation of market-conform agreements with corresponding savings. Features include: Electronic and template-based support for RFIs, RFPs, RFQs and auctions. Integrated project, workflow and document management. Dynamic, real-time event views, integrated reports and decision analysis through multiple ‘what if’ scenarios.


Paper contracts are old-fashioned. With SAP Ariba Contracts you can centralize contract storage, improve compliance, automate and accelerate the entire contract life cycle with full transparency and much more. Some features: Design, review and approval of contracts with integrated reporting and support for e-signature via DocuSign and Adobe EchoSign. Contract creation with MS Word integration, approval workflow, templates & clause library. Contracts of all types: purchasing, sales, internal / business, NDA. Manage contract additions and documents. System notifications when contracts are about to expire.

SAP ARIBA SUPPLIER MANAGEMENT (Supplier Lifecycle & Performance and Supplier Risk)

SAP Ariba Supplier Lifecycle and Performance (SLP) is the cloud solution for comprehensive supplier management. Integration with the Ariba network provides access to the world’s largest supplier network for simplified communication and collaboration. It is possible for supplier data to be managed and exchanged with the ERP system. Functions for supplier qualification and classification are available as well as the monitoring of supplier certificates. Integration with SAP Ariba Contracts enables a seamless transition from participations in tenders to contract closings.

With SAP Ariba Supplier Risk, comprehensive and continuous risk assessments can be integrated into the procurement processes. The tool offers user-friendly risk views and alerts for all suppliers, which can be defined individually for each relationship. It is also possible to segment suppliers based on their risk potential. The risk warnings are based on more than 500,000 sources, including news websites, government sources and disaster information systems.


With SAP Ariba Catalog you can manage your own catalogs or better yet, use the catalogs that suppliers offer via the Ariba Network via a user-friendly interface. It offers extensive possibilities for loading electronic catalogs, their validations and approvals.

Spot Buy prevents that people can’t find something in the catalogs and therefor bypass the desired purchasing process. It provides coverage of the so-called “tail spend” by connecting to a B2B marketplace. In this case the marketplace of Mercateo with more than 9 million items from various suppliers (compare it with Your advantage is also that you do business with 1 business partner (creditor / supplier): Mercateo.


Achieve full supply chain visibility with SAP Ariba Supply Chain Collaboration. Integrated with your ERP and supply chain optimization systems, this Ariba Network collaboration platform enables you to work safely and easily with multiple layers of contracted manufacturers and suppliers in key supply chain planning and execution processes. Share production forecasts, orders, quality and stock information with suppliers via the Ariba Network and receive their answers in real time. Anticipate and resolve delivery issues quickly with collaborative dashboards that warn you regarding supply and demand mismatches.


Market-leading financial supply chain management solutions from SAP Ariba and partners offer you the possibilities, intelligence and global reach to transform your financial obligations into strategic assets. You can eliminate manual processes that make it costly and time consuming to manage exceptions and enforce compliance.

Figure: SAP Ariba Source-to-Settle portfolio

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