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SAP Value of Upgrade SAP Supplier Relationship Management

SAP® SuPPlier relAtionShiP MAnAgeMent 7.0

The SAP® Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM) application offers a fully integrated procure-topay solution for automating core procurement processes – including services procurement. You can optimize the efficiency of your procurement organization with centralized sourcing and contracts, as well as obtain unified access to functionality and information across SAP SRM and to relevant data in the SAP ERP application. The application provides a customizable user interface, flexible user-role definitions, and clear insight into spend and supplier data. And you can keep upgrade costs low by using enhancement packs to access new functionality.

sap. it presents the reasons for considering an upgrade to the new release. Please refer to www. It can. it does not describe all of its benefits and functions – only those that result from the upgrade from SAP SRM 2005 to SAP SRM 7.0.0. . please contact your SAP sales representative for information on the value of upgrading to SAP SRM 7.0 in your particular business situation. prompt a detailed discussion of your situation with an SAP representative. If you are currently using a release other than SAP SRM 2005. Written specifically for customers who are currently using SAP SRM 2005.Content 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 7 8 9 10 SAP Supplier Relationship Management New Business Benefits of SAP Supplier Relationship Management Reduce Total Cost of Ownership Improve Enterprise Processes and Visibility Increase and Facilitate Contract Compliance Optimize Services Procurement Streamline Sourcing Activities Functional Value of SAP Supplier Relationship Management User Interface Operational Procurement Self-Service Procurement Plan-Driven Procurement Services Procurement 11 12 13 14 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 17 Catalog Management Centralized Sourcing Centralized Contracts Supplier Collaboration Supplier Evaluation Technical Benefits of SAP Supplier Relationship Management Easier Upgrades with Enhancement Packs Harmonized User Interface Across SAP SRM and Other SAP Applications Business Rule Framework Workflow Technology Shift to Web Dynpro for ABAP Enterprise Services For More Information Preface This document summarizes the key business benefits and new functionality of release 7. Although this document gives you some insight into the benefits of the new release. This document cannot provide the detailed analysis you need to determine the specific value of upgrading to SAP SRM 7.0.com/srm for a general description of SAP SRM 7. however.0 of the SAP® Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM) application.

0 release include: • Nondisruptive delivery of new functionality – Offers a stable core and reduced upgrade costs by using enhancement packs for delivering new functionality • Enhanced usability through flexible user interface technology – Provides flexible user interface.0 delivers exceptional functionality enhancements as well as reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) going forward. is the foundation for managing procurement processes.SAP® SuPPlier relAtionShiP MAnAgeMent EFFICIEnT. In addition to helping you optimize the efficiency of your procurement organization. AnD COMPREHEnSIVE PROCUREMEnT PROCESSES The latest release of the SAP® Supplier Relationship Management application (SAP SRM). and work lists across the SAP SRM and SAP ERP applications • Centralized sourcing – Provides enhanced sourcing functionality to support better negotiations with suppliers and enable the initiation of sourcing events directly from SAP ERP • Centralized contracts – Provides centralized contract management by offering a single contract as a source of supply for SAP SRM and SAP ERP • Services procurement – Enables you to source service requisitions created in SAP ERP as well as facilitate service-related supplier collaboration The SAP Supplier Relationship Management application.0 . the application provides a customizable user interface. SAP SRM 7. Key investment areas of the SAP SRM 7. FLExIBLE. future functionality for SAP SRM will be provided via convenient enhancement packs. Like the other SAP Business Suite applications. an integral part of SAP Business Suite. roles. flexible user-role definitions. delivers a fully integrated procure-to-pay solution for automating core procurement processes. 4 SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7. part of the SAP Business Suite family of business applications. and clear insight into spend and supplier data.

Optimize Services Procurement SAP SRM 7. All future functionality will be delivered via convenient enhancement packs. and processes they need. You can procure service types commonly used in major industries. which enable you to define requirements more accurately and align resources to those requirements more closely. With this release. You can also improve the speed and efficiency of auctions by allowing the market to determine final prices. facilitates a wide range of activities. Improve Enterprise Processes and Visibility With SAP SRM 7. you can enforce compliance with contracts by giving global users access to all of your operational contracts through a central. you benefit from more fair and flexible sourcing. The application includes enhanced bidding functionality to facilitate easier comparison and awarding of bids. You can also increase clarity in sourcing processes with online chat functionality. you can enjoy significant savings through extended contract enforcement. control. At the same time. users throughout your enterprise have access to all of the information. This approach gives you the flexibility to select just the features required by your business – rather than having to include all available enhancements. As a result. offline.new BuSineSS BenefitS of SAP SuPPlier relAtionShiP MAnAgeMent DELIVERIng A WHOLE nEW LEVEL OF BUSInESS VALUE Reduce Total Cost of Ownership SAP SRM 7.0 provides expanded functionality that improves contract compliance. and efficiency. Contract management processes are integrated end to end and enable you to set up and maintain a single.0 5 . Streamline Sourcing Activities SAP SRM 7.0 gives you improved control over bid and auction activities. because the software improves accuracy. and negotiate more effectively. A streamlined. global contract as a source of supply within SAP SRM and SAP ERP. In addition. one view for all purchase orders and queries. SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7. area that consolidates access for each user in a personalized dashboard based on what’s relevant to that individual regarding his or her role. consolidated view of the procure-to-pay process. and bid tracking. such as time-based and deliverablebased services.0. And finally. insight. you can electronically request quotes for services and related goods from various suppliers. and withdrawal functions.0 enables you to reduce the TCO of your SAP investment. The application helps you simplify compliance enforcement and reduce dependence on manual. efficiently adapting your business in response to change. The application also facilitates better communication by using collaboration rooms accessible to internal and external users. The software provides a single. You can also personalize the user interface for specific job and task demands – further increasing efficiency and effectiveness and the overall user experience. This not only increases efficiency but also eliminates the risk of employees using out-of-date contracts. compare spot bids. a bid comparison view. and transparency throughout processes. and a comprehensive service access Using a collaborative negotiation platform for buyers and suppliers. accountability. you also gain unified access to functionality and information across SAP SRM and relevant data in the SAP ERP application. online repository. this is enabled by major enhancements that bring greater insight and discipline to your sourcing organization. This is driven by harmonization of users and roles across the entire SAP Business Suite. Increase and Facilitate Contract Compliance SAP SRM 7. versioning. as well as better manage your total spend. such as expressive bidding for suppliers. and otherwise inefficient processes. you can leverage innovation without disruption to your business environment. and offers a common look and feel for all users. collaborative functionality and enhanced integration with SAP ERP. you benefit from enhanced sourcing functionalities and supplier collaboration. which enables you to instantly address supplier inquiries.0 supports services procurement with improved. intuitively navigated user interface improves crossenterprise visibility. As a result. which facilitates strategic business decisions across the organization.

consolidated view of all purchase orders and queries. confirmations. query. and supplier performance alerts. in terms of the user interface and core functions used to support daily activities. including tasks and relevant launch action data • Streamlined purchase-order. and • Faster shopping cart processes to support search processes a more efficient procurement process • Ability to define regularly used queries and reports • Streamlined shopping cart navigation and single-screen information presentation User Interface The improved user interface in SAP SRM 7. This can be personalized to help make it easier for individual users to navigate. you’ll realize benefits summarized in the following table. and notifications across all SAP® questionnaires applications. role-based dashboards. as well as a personal object • Accelerated order processing and query work list for activities specific to the changing SAP Supplier Relationship Management • Rapid. easier access to information • Reduced training time and costs SAP SRM provides a single. click-toinformation. new interface functionality accelerates and automates supply management processes and helps deepen supplier relationships. 6 SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7. such as improved access to the universal work issuing purchase orders. Personalized. personalized access to important application – all with a single. and easily access services and documents • Work center portal that gives buyers access to well-organized and relevant information. intuitive user experience • Common look and feel and consistent navigation throughout the application • End-user profiles that define role-based access and enable users to see personalized information at a glance. services.funCtionAl VAlue of SAP SuPPlier relAtionShiP MAnAgeMent IMPROVIng CORE PROCUREMEnT OPERATIOnS New or Enhanced Functionality Business Benefits • Rapid user adoption through enhanced user experience • Increased productivity that results in faster. user-friendly work center. such as sourcing and procurement. with personalized access areas that consolidate functionality for each user via personalized.0 includes an updated.0 . The following sections summarize these enhancements and their overall business benefits. and documents SAP has made substantial investments to improve the overall functionality of SAP SRM – for example. trigger actions. greater user efficiency and faster task completion • Increased efficiency and productivity • Enhanced task management through of users performing daily tasks. invoices. substantial investments have been made to further harmonize SAP SRM with SAP ERP to achieve procurement excellence. Leveraging this better user experience. list for consolidated workflow items. In addition.

and less prone to error. more efficient.0 7 . including self-service procurement. and multiple approaches to efficient handling of general ledger accounts. Purchaseorder processing is enhanced through convenient access to purchase orders and related documents. plan-driven procurement. Advanced requisition functions enable enhanced team purchasing.New or Enhanced Functionality Enhanced requisition handling • Team purchasing • Delivery date configuration • Multiple approaches to general ledger account handling • Line-item approvals • User-friendly approach to finding default account codes • More-flexible accounting controls Business Benefits • Shorter order cycles through the reassignment of tasks • Increased flexibility • Support for sophisticated procurement processes • greater compliance assurance through more-specific approvals • Streamlined requisitioning to efficiently purchase goods and services • Ability to meet varied corporate strategies and facilitate compliance Operational Procurement With SAP SRM 7. The following table outlines high-level functions and benefits that are shared by all areas of operational procurement. Streamlined purchase orders • Ability to quickly look up previously generated purchase orders and other documents • Simple cut-and-paste functionality to rapidly create new purchase orders and other documents • Quick access to past documents to support replication of best practices • Improved efficiency and time savings SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7.0. requisition and purchase-order processes are faster. easier configuration of delivery dates. and services procurement.

8 SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7. Equally important. such as office supplies. invoice accuracy. decentralization of the transaction processing enables you to reduce overhead and allows purchasing professionals to focus on managing relationships instead of transactions. and support of flexible integration scenarios • Storage of transactional data and other related procurement documents (powered by the SAP® Records Management application) in one central folder • Automatic back-end enterprise resource planning purchase order or contract creation based on an accepted quote in the SAP Supplier Relationship Management application • Ability to use alternate items to fulfill purchase requisition orders Self-Service Procurement Procurement departments are often burdened by the administrative tasks involved in the procurement of routine maintenance. and professional services. efficiently adapting your business in response to change. paper-based processes are slow. At the same time. cycle-time delays are shortened. Transaction costs are often extremely high in comparison with the value of the goods and services purchased. The application provides a convenient procurement environment.0 empowers your employees to create and manage their own requisitions. And they impede transparency. new features and innovations supporting self-service procurement are summarized in the table above. Self-service procurement functionality within SAP SRM 7. janitorial goods. and overhaul items and services.0 helps reduce the TCO of your SAP investment. All future functionality will be delivered via convenient enhancement packs – an approach that gives you the flexibility to select just the features required by your business. integrated processes to streamline the entire procure-to-pay cycle • Flexible purchasing processes to meet demand SAP SRM 7. error prone. repairs.New or Enhanced Functionality Business Benefits • Increased level of compliance across all sourceable products and services • Improved availability and quality of purchasing documents. reducing maverick purchasing • Support of simplified. • Enhanced authorization concept. Centralizing the purchasing process means that your procurement department will likely get bogged down in organizing and processing requisitions and answering queries about the status of transactions. machine parts. Costs are cut. preventing corporate decision makers from understanding the impact of purchasing choices and making it difficult to consolidate purchasing power across the enterprise.0 . These routine tasks prevent your staff from focusing on strategic issues. and costly. you can leverage innovation without disruption to your business environment. and errors that arise from paper-based processes and inefficient communication with suppliers are reduced. As a result. enabling every employee in the enterprise to search for and buy items while helping to ensure that transactions comply with corporate purchasing policies and internal controls. repair. rather than having to include all available enhancements.

constraint-based planning. contract management. In a highly integrated procurement process. order management. These applications may include material requirements planning applications for production planning. and payment. or plant maintenance applications for maintenance and repair planning. and PO transfer consistency checks Business Benefits • Increased scope and depth of compliance. which is especially important for the procurement of direct materials. And you can automatically assign contracts to demand. automated production systems for advanced. SAP SRM 7.0 supports a plan-driven procurement scenario that links and uses many processes in the value chain. trigger. revisions. collaboration. even as exceptions occur • Ability to speed up the sourcing process during material shortages • Improved quality of products purchased • Increased delivery reliability for customer orders Plan-Driven Procurement Plan-driven procurement supports the automated procurement of goods. demand for materials can come from several different planning applications that reside outside of SAP SRM. costing. It integrates requirements with sourcing. project applications for project planning. Demand from production is transferred to SAP SRM through an open xML interface. and send out a purchase order.0 9 . SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7.New or Enhanced Functionality • Better identification and automated handling of exception situations • Improved ability to effectively source a competitive offer and maintain quality standards – even in a rush-order situation • Ability to transfer SAP® ERP application purchase requirements containing attachments to the SAP Supplier Relationship Management application • Enhanced integration with SAP ERP regarding text transfers. new features and innovations supporting plan-driven procurement are summarized in the table above.

new features and innovations are summarized in the table above. and price at the point of purchase. such as planned and unplanned maintenance. The software supports analytics. and supplier collaboration so you can optimize services procurement processes. 10 SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7. Functionality covers a wide range of procured services. enabling supplierinitiated service entries. contract management. including model specifications and service hierarchies • Ability to leverage information contained in contracts to help ensure compliance with approved suppliers • Specialized service-delivery management within supplier self-service. lump-sum services. sourcing. This ambiguity is one reason that.New or Enhanced Functionality • Support for service types commonly used in major industries. because the requirement of a service is typically undefined in quantity. temporary labor.0 . duration. This assumption implies that the service is not specified until the supplier confirms it. you can manage resources and monitor costs over the entire range of services. and tracking of contractual limits • SRM-MDM catalog access for purchaser and bidder as a repository for service specifications Business Benefits • greater control and visibility over total spend • Advanced demand aggregation and spot-bidding capabilities • Simplified compliance enforcement • Enhanced supplier collaboration • Centralized repository of services capabilities for improved process efficiency and accuracy Services Procurement Services procurement is often seen as complex and not standardized. services have generally not been considered part of cost-saving measures. while other categories of spend have uncovered significant cost-saving potential in the purchasing process. such as time-based and deliverable-based services • Support for complex nature of services. and construction. With SAP SRM.

New or Enhanced Functionality Business Benefits SAP SRM 7. It integrates requirements with sourcing. and payment. consolidate and approve content. accurate choices SAP Supplier Relationship Management • Ability to provide wider access to catalog application items through Web publishing • Simplified image management for catalog • Enhanced catalog content management items • Ability to publish content on the Web • Easier content consolidation and approval Support for master data management hierarchies • Extended support for the complexities • Support for services-related hierarchies of services procurement • Corresponding changes to the Open • Lower cost of creating and maintaining Catalog Interface for supplier-provided catalog data content Enhanced user interface • Running total for shopping cart included on all screens • Improved message handling.0.0 11 . The software also makes it easier for you to interface with supplier contracts. and images can be displayed or hidden) • Advanced search functionality • Increased user productivity and efficiency • Faster issue resolution • Faster user access to information. and views that are relevant to them • Ability to provide better access to goods and services for purchase SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7. order management. costing. contract management.0 supports a plan-driven procurement scenario that links and uses many processes in the value chain. and publish on the Web. and other related material masters from SAP ERP – quickly and efficiently. data. contracts. Once catalog content is published. new features and innovations supporting catalog management are summarized in the following table. manage images. collaboration. You can also import content such as purchase records. enhancements to catalog management functionality allow you to quickly load files directly from suppliers or from the SRM-MDM catalog repository. Catalog Management In SAP SRM 7. such as purchase information that saves time and lowers costs records and contracts • Enriched product content that offers • Enhanced contracts interface in the users clear. users enjoy a best-in-class performance and search experience. Easier loading of catalog files from suppliers and SAP® applications • Ability to import content from the SAP ERP • More-accurate and timely catalog content • Superior management of catalog data application. including status and warning messages • Customizable user interface (empty tabs and fields are automatically hidden when not required by user.

SAP SRM 7. • Faster auction resolutions for sourcing events • Flexible auction management • Faster auction resolutions or lower prices for sourcing events • Enhanced usability through a streamlined user interface Deeper integration • Integration of demand requirements and contracts in multiple back-end applications • Single contract as a source-of-supply between the SAP® Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM) and SAP ERP applications • Simplified global sourcing through unified information • Reduced procurement costs through tight integration between SAP SRM and SAP ERP 12 SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7. reverse auctions. which increases accuracy.0 . and transparency throughout the sourcing process. and PO integration Enhanced auction management • Real-time auction monitoring and bidding • Creation of temporary contact person • Dutch auction functionality • Ability to view all award-relevant information and actions on a single screen Business Benefits • More-efficient and fair bidding process • Faster. and surrogate bid submissions • Bidding in alternative currencies • Award. accountability. submit quotes.New or Enhanced Functionality Efficient request-for-x (RFx) bid processing • Response modification within RFx documents. the software supports “request for” documents and competitive bidding events. contract. easier viewing and comparing of bidding-process results • More agile. adaptive sourcing • Enhanced supplier and buyer communication and internal and external collaboration throughout the negotiation process • Fewer errors and incorrect bids • Support for companies’ specific sourcing strategies • Access to an auditable trail of supplier participation for internal and external compliance activities • Widening of the competitive market by enabling varied bid submissions • Support for sourcing events for a geographically dispersed supply base • Shorter supply cycle times and reduced process costs Centralized Sourcing Support for centralized sourcing helps procurement professionals find the best source of supply – for example. as shown in the following table. And new functionality facilitates improved competition and flexible sourcing.0 provides live-auction functionality and brings insight and discipline to sourcing practices. such as a bid comparison view and weighted scoring • Creation of a temporary contact person for a bidding event • Chat functionality between buyers and suppliers • Enhanced bid tracking. through spot bidding. supplemental. offline. such as suppliers suggesting alternate. and withdrawals • Ability to limit bids to one per company • Electronic confirmation of bidder’s participation • Online. collaborate on documents. Completion of the sourcing process results in the creation of operational contracts or purchase orders for procurement execution. versioning. or substitute items down to the line-item level • Enhanced analytics to support bid selection. Suppliers are invited to sourcing events (such as requests for quotation and reverse auctions) to exchange information. For example. and demand aggregation activities. and negotiate terms.

New or Enhanced Functionality Business Benefits • Support for greater compliance between negotiated terms and operational contracts • Improved visibility into and management over contracts • Flexible contract management • Enhanced global supplier negotiations • Fast. quantity-based stepladder discounts. flexible user interfaces and role definitions. or rebates based on released values. It can also account for different types of discounts. These functions are used together to automate contract compliance.0 13 . SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7. systematic contract management. helping you extract the most value from expertly negotiated agreements. SAP SRM identifies the optimal contract to fill the need while taking into consideration such factors as price. more-efficient access to relevant contract information SAP SRM supports an efficient procurement organization with end-to-end process support. such as value discounts. group discounts. and clear insight into spend and supplier data. Based on the purchase requirements. and target quantity • Ability to determine payment terms on a line-item level • Ability to determine currency on a contract distribution level • Contract cockpit that enables efficient searches for existing contracts Centralized Contracts SAP SRM provides you with tools for centralized. delivery times. such as expiration date. central contract in the SAP® Supplier Relationship Management application that is shared via integration with the SAP ERP application • Multiple alert thresholds. target value. Through tight integration with SAP ERP. • Single. new functionality regarding centralized contracts is summarized in the table above. you can use a single contract as the source of supply for your purchases. and location.

suggest changes to orders. Suppliers can also respond to services procurement– related requisitions. 14 SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7. confirmations. and receive information on inventory and supply-and-demand plans.0 .New or Enhanced Functionality • Ability to submit services procurement requisition responses. The result is reduced process costs. and invoices • Supplier-provided catalog content Business Benefits • Enhanced supplier collaboration • Assurance of up-to-date. accurate catalog items Supplier Collaboration The supplier self-service functionality built into SAP SRM enables suppliers to access supply-side transactions and other relevant information. process acknowledgments. track payment status. new features supporting supplier collaboration are summarized in the table above. They can also update their catalog data. increased automation. and transparency into the procurement process.

quality. ad hoc sur- veys. such as event-triggered surveys. • Multiple supplier evaluation methods.0 includes an updated. ad hoc. best-practice supplier evaluations • Sophisticated performance analysis • Risk mitigated by enabling immediate corrective action plans for low-performing suppliers • Consolidated view of supplier performance The improved user interface in SAP SRM 7. new interface functionality accelerates and automates supply management processes and helps deepen supplier relationships. The software eases clerical and administrative burdens with numerous supplier evaluation methods. enhancing collaboration. new features supporting supplier evaluation are summarized in the table above.0 15 . including event-driven. which ultimately reduces costs and improves efficiency. such as on-time performance. and quantitative questionnaires. and user-determined qualitative items • Support for standardized. and quantitative evaluation surveys • Predefined key performance indicators (KPIs) and evaluation templates • grouping and weighting function for score analysis based on commodity type and participating internal department • Alerts for low supplier performance scores • Integration with the SAP netWeaver® Business Intelligence component for data consolidation and reporting Supplier Evaluation SAP SRM enables you to better manage suppliers – the key to improving quality. and reducing supplier risk. Flexible reporting and response monitoring enable you to improve operations. user-friendly work center.New or Enhanced Functionality Business Benefits • Effective tracking of numerous KPIs related to supplier performance. SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7. This can be personalized to help make it easier for users to navigate.

and supplier selfservice functions Easier Upgrades with Enhancement Packs As part of the SAP Business Suite. SAP SRM 7. For example. The result is an uninterrupted flow of information and accurate and timely access to data. If necessary. You can even make certain fields read-only for specific users. you can maintain your former business workflow solution even when you upgrade to the SAP SRM 7.0 contains new Business Rule Framework workflow technology. The application includes a universal work list that users can configure and use to retrieve data within SAP SRM and other SAP applications. This is made possible through a homogenous user interface for object work lists across application roles. This provides you with the flexibility to create workflow processes specific to your business needs. the latest release of SAP SRM offers substantial benefits over previous releases. Key benefits of this harmonized user interface include: • Improved usability and process efficiency enabled by a common procurement user interface and cross-application search functionality • Faster access to – and a comprehensive overview of – the work environment and all related business objects • Easy access to up-to-date information Enterprise Services Enterprise services make it possible to transfer data smoothly from one application to another. DATA ExCHAngES. and you can hide entire areas of a screen. which gives you the ability to readily make changes to the user interface. For example. you can choose the specific functions you want to implement. When you activate an enhancement package. a buyer can query purchasing data Shift to Web Dynpro for ABAP SAP SRM 7.0 release.0 . 16 SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7.0 supports enterprise services to enable the following data transfers: • Transfer of an SAP ERP purchase request to SAP SRM • Creation of an SAP SRM sourcing request from an SAP ERP purchase request • Distribution of a central contract between SAP ERP and SAP SRM • Transfers relating to services procurement activities between SAP ERP. including: • Easier and less costly upgrades • A new user interface that’s consistent with all other SAP Business Suite applications • Support for flexible workflow processes • An architecture based on Web Dynpro development environment for ABAP • Support for enterprise services to support key interfaces with other SAP applications across the SAP SRM and SAP ERP applications from a single launch point. By modifying the user interface.0 contains new architecture based on Web Dynpro for Java. Additionally. SAP SRM 7. AnD WORKFLOWS From a technical perspective. You can leverage new functionality and SAP innovations without disrupting existing functionality or investing in costly upgrades that reduce total cost of ownership. Business Rule Framework Workflow Technology SAP SRM 7. SAP SRM.0 offers a harmonized user interface across multiple SAP applications.teChniCAl BenefitS of SAP SuPPlier relAtionShiP MAnAgeMent SIMPLIFYIng UPgRADES AnD HARMOnIzIng USER InTERFACES. including SAP ERP. Harmonized User Interface Across SAP SRM and Other SAP Applications SAP SRM 7. you can edit field names and locations. you can customize the user experience and improve usability.0 will deliver future enhancements via enhancement packs that are readily consumed. users gain access to purchasing-related activities within SAP SRM through a personal object work list.

sap. The new functionality available in SAP SRM 7.for More inforMAtion LEARn MORE ABOUT SAP SRM SAP SRM 7. centralized contract management. reduce costs. and catalog management functions. evaluate and track suppliers.0 enables you to integrate and optimize procurement processes across the enterprise. invoice management. With SAP SRM 7. operational procurement. This enables you to improve sourcing strategies. supplier management. you can innovate and grow your business. unify disparate data and applications. SAP Value of Upgrade – SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7. as well as expand and deepen your supplier relationships.0. For more information about SAP SRM. centralized sourcing.0 facilitates communication within your enterprise and across your supplier network. You can also realize sustainable results in reporting. you have an enterprise-wide solution that closes the loop on supplier relationship processes in an end-to-end manner – and ultimately transforms purchasing and supplier management operations and organizations.com/srm. please contact your SAP customer engagement manager or visit us online at www. and improve performance. With its new and enhanced functionality.0 17 . accelerate and automate processes and cycle times.

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and other Business Objects products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Business Objects S. disparate applications and data sources with a flexible platform • Evaluate suppliers. and allow users to search among millions of items in seconds • Centralized sourcing – Reduce costs and cycle times. and SAP group shall not be liable for errors or omissions with respect to the materials. . and improve procurement processes • Supplier collaboration – Link suppliers to your purchasing processes. Crystal Decisions. and enable integration with suppliers of all sizes • Supplier evaluation – Better manage suppliers and improve quality • Reporting and analysis – Capture.sap. and foster standardization • Catalog management – Avoid maverick buying. 50 084 193 (08/10) ©2008 by SAP Ag. nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. and facilitate bidding competition among suppliers • Centralized contracts – Extract maximum value from negotiated agreements by enabling better contract compliance and execution • Services procurement – Manage resources. R/3.com /contactsap Summary The SAP® Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM) application helps you improve supplier communications. Business Objects and the Business Objects logo. you can reduce costs while maintaining access to high-quality products and a reliable supply base. monitor and reduce costs. and achieve data visibility with an integrated. The only warranties for SAP group products and services are those that are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. PartnerEdge. Business Objects is an SAP company. Business Challenges • Achieve greater visibility into supplier relationships and performance • generate sustainable savings through sourcing • Eliminate risk of procurement noncompliance • Standardize and centralize processes • Manage invoices Supported Business Processes and Software Functions • Operational procurement – Accelerate processes. These materials are provided by SAP Ag and its affiliated companies (“SAP group”) for informational purposes only. and enhance cost management. if any. and present data across the enterprise Business Benefits • Reduce process costs and lower purchasing prices by building collaborative supplier relationships • Accelerate cycle times and supply management activities by automating procurement processes • Unify disconnected. collaborate with suppliers throughout the life cycle. in the United States and in several other countries all over the world. improve sourcing process transparency. As a result. These materials are subject to change without notice. ByDesign.com.A. national product specifications may vary. SAP netWeaver. streamline the procurement process. All rights reserved. xcelsius. Crystal Reports. end-to-end solution For More Information Contact your SAP representative. SAP Business ByDesign. shorten the order cycle. BusinessObjects. consolidate. or visit us online at www.QuiCk fACtS www. without representation or warranty of any kind. improve compliance. SAP. Web Intelligence. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies. streamline operations. xApps.sap. Duet. xApp. and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP Ag in germany and in several other countries all over the world. Data contained in this document serves informational purposes only.