Benchmarking: The first step to best-in-class

SAP Ariba now offers customers an opportunity to enroll in a world-class benchmarking program, one that more effectively helps participants...

  • measure and compare solution adoption rates
  • use empirical data to track performance
  • identify the best ways to drive cost savings through greater efficiency and effectiveness
  • build a success plan for improvement, with targets for internal initiatives
  • quantify the savings achieved through improved performance


The best way to assess performance objectively

The SAP Ariba Benchmark Program helps you assess your performance objectively by assimilating data from the following sources and putting it through a rigorous analytical engine:

  • Pooled transaction data from across Ariba Network, the world’s largest business network
  • Transaction data from your use of the application
  • User-entered survey data

Combining the SAP Ariba Benchmark Program with SAP’s has created the largest benchmarking database in the world, one that includes more than...

  • 15,000 participants
  • 4,000 companies
  • 60 business process assessments
  • 2,500 KPIs
  • 3,500 best practices

Taken all together, the resulting analysis provides you with the most objective way to assess your source-to-pay performance. 


Program features

The SAP Ariba benchmarking program is unique in the industry and leverages both application and survey data to assess each participating organization’s procurement performance and identify opportunities for improvement.

Comprehensive Coverage

Strategic Insights

Enhanced Analysis

Report Readability

Spend analysis
Strategic sourcing
Contract management
Accounts payable
Working capital

Comparison between
SAP Ariba and non-SAP Ariba

Direct and supply chain

Indirect and MRO

Contingent labor & 

Travel & expense

strategic KPIs

Linkage of operational
KPIs to strategic value

  • Price reduction
  • Spend compliance
  • Process efficiency
  • Cash management

Supplier consolidation

Commodity summary

Category insights
by industry

Aggregate program

Focus on strategic
vs. tactical metrics

Linking best practice
maturity with KPI

Easy interpretation

Executive overview

Customized peer-set

What’s more, we can now compare your SAP Ariba performance with the performance of other parts of the business that are not leveraging your SAP Ariba solution. For example, if you’re a user of SAP Ariba solutions for strategic sourcing, and you still use another solution for part of your sourcing program, or perform some of your sourcing tasks manually, you can provide us with information about your non-SAP Ariba sourcing activities and we can show you how your performance compares with your peers in that regard.


Available reports

  • Aggregate Statistics Report: Provides key performance metrics across all customers and by industry groups for spend analysis, sourcing, contracts, and procurement for the current reporting cycle.
  • Client-Specific Benchmark Report: Provides key performance metrics for a customer and how they compare against their peers for spend analysis, sourcing, contracts, and procurement based on the customer's chosen solution(s) and the customers participating in the benchmarking program. These reports are viewable only by the customer and their account manager.
  • Category Insights Report: Provides the top ten categories being sourced, contracted, or procured across all participating customers and industry groups. For spend analysis we also report top commodities across all participating customers and by industry groups.


Reporting timelines

  • Annual reporting cycle (or as needed)
  • Adoption data is extracted for trailing 12 months from the start of the benchmarking program for the current fiscal year
  • Adoption data is combined with survey data from SAP Value Lifecycle Management (VLM) to create benchmarking report
  • Average time to release reports is two months from survey closure


How to enroll

Register and complete the survey on the SAP Value Lifecycle Manager. The survey will appear after you register. Please click Yes if you agree to our terms and conditions. Only then will you be enrolled in the program.

The survey can be completed at your convenience. If you need to stop and come back later, be sure to save your entries before closing the survey.

After you register for the program and agree to the terms and conditions, we be in touch to outline next steps. That will involve gathering two types of information:

  1. SAP Ariba Product Data: If you’re an on-premise customer, we’ll need about two hours of your time to extract the data. If you’re an on-demand customer, we’ll extract it with your consent.
  2. Benchmarking Survey: The survey has questions related to sourcing, procurement, working capital, and accounts payable. We estimate it will take you three-to-five hours to complete the survey.

We look forward to working with you. If you need more information before enrolling,