E-procurement solution providers in Spend Matters’ SolutionMap rankings include SAP Ariba and GEP — our two contenders for today’s head-to-head analysis. We know these solutions’ capabilities from doing demos and evaluating their functionality and customer feedback for SolutionMap.
Overall, the e-procurement solutions category is a market that has varied approaches: Some vendors facilitate a purchase through punch-outs, others through requisition templates, others with an Amazon-type approach. Some — like SAP Ariba and GEP — include all of the above options and more.
While requisitioning (indirect, direct and services) is a key feature, there are other capabilities that we analyze, like catalog management, ordering, receiving, platform issues (integration, configurability, globalization), supplier network (or portal), analytics and services (implementation and integration).
In this Spend Matters PRO post, we’ll give readers insights from our detailed E-Procurement SolutionMap analysis of SAP Ariba and GEP, and we’ll comment on each one’s relative strengths in a head-to-head comparison.
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For most e-pro functions, SAP Ariba and GEP are neck-and-neck for capability. In at least three areas, GEP delivers consistently higher scores — but SAP Ariba counters with several areas of clear differentiation of its own. Altogether, the choice between the two for e-procurement comes down to the specific e-procurement use cases that prospects are trying to address.
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