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Ariba – comparison with Oracle and SAP


According to Justin Fogarty of Ariba:

“Ariba Consistently Outperforms ERP Providers in E-Procurement. When it comes to e-procurement, bigger is not necessarily better. According to the results of a new research brief from independent research firm Aberdeen Group, the flexible and focused offerings of Ariba, Inc. the leading spend management solutions provider, deliver greater value than the e-procurement offerings of large ERP providers. In the report, Aberdeen identified Ariba as the leading solution focused on supply management and noted that companies using Ariba?s solutions outperformed customers of SAP and Oracle in key areas required for e-procurement success. “

The report can be downloaded here. In the survey carried out by Aberdeen, the only area where SAP and Oracle scored ahead of Ariba was integration to other systems. I actually thought given the Ariba’s EIPP offering, they would be in a better position to integrate systems than SAP and Oracle put together. Perhaps further scrutiny is required to understand the definition of integration from Aberdeen’s point of view.

Top 10 success attributes for e-procurement, according to Aberdeen:

  • Top challenges
  • Supplier enabled
  • Spend under management
  • Requisition to PO cycle time
  • Integration to other systems
  • Actual and planned users
  • Transaction volume
  • Requisition to PO cycle cost
  • Provider satisfaction
  • Software functionality

Report is nearly one year old. Wonder whether Aberdeen Group intends to review the results and compare new results against this report!

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