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Accelerate your procure-to-pay processes – with SAP Supplier Relationship Management

Accelerate your procure-to-pay processes – with SAP Supplier Relationship Management

Automate, simplify, and centralize your procure-to-pay process flow. SAP Supplier Relationship Management supports the full e-procurement cycle: from source- and purchase-to-pay to spend and
supplier performance management. It can help you streamline operations, enforce compliance with contracts and purchasing policies, and improve overall spend management.


Why SAP Supplier Relationship Management?

Because to maintain high-quality output while lowering supply costs, you need ultra-efficient SRM procurement processes. With SAP Supplier Relationship Management, you can: 

  • Streamline and standardize the purchase of goods and services
  • Shrink procurement costs by closing the loop from source to pay
  • Automate operational processes to increase efficiencies and avoid maverick buying
  • Drive user adoption with consumer-grade shopping interfaces
  • Gain greater visibility into supplier relationships and performance
  • Accelerate procurement processing and cycle times

Learn how SAP Supplier Relationship Management can simplify the lives of business users and IT staff:

Learn how SAP Supplier Relationship Management can simplify the lives of business users and IT staff:

Functional Capabilities

Procure-to-Pay Optimization
Enforce procure-to-pay best practices that streamline operations, facilitate supplier communications, and improve overall cost management.

Catalog Management
Give suppliers an easy way to manage catalog data – and integrate the data into your business processes through Ariba Procurement Content.

Self-Service Procurement
Help end users find and purchase policy-compliant products and services. Let them search across multiple catalogs using a familiar, consumer-like shopping cart experience.

Plan-Driven Procurement
Source external demands from planning, project, and plant maintenance systems. Purchase direct materials and goods for maintenance, repair, and operations using local pricing and terms.

Services Procurement for Large, Complex Services
Manage resources and monitor costs for time- and deliverable-based service categories throughout the requisition, sourcing, contracting, ordering, confirmation, and invoicing processes.

Operational and Centralized Sourcing
Gain visibility into organization-wide demands – and take advantage of automated, integrated sourcing processes.

Centralized Contract Management
Monitor and access contracts in a secure, centralized repository – to reduce maverick buying, drive spend with preferred suppliers, and leverage your global buying power.      

Operational Reporting
Use out-of-the box reports to monitor purchasing activities, measure contract compliance, and gain insights into organization-wide spending and sourcing.

Workforce Mobility
Use SAP Fiori for procurement to give your workforce a consistent user experience across desktops, tablets, and smartphones – throughout the full procure-to-pay lifecycle.

Technical Capabilities

SAP Supplier Relationship Management
Server Based on SAP NetWeaver Application Server, SAP SRM is an application and database installation that is released on several database and operating system platforms.

SAP Bidding Engine
Purchasers can use SAP Bidding Engine to create and process requests for quotations – and bidders can use it to submit bids in response to these requests.

Online Transaction Processing System
Easily exchange data between the SAP Supplier Relationship Management system and a connected online transaction processing system (OLTP).

SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence
Harness a solid infrastructure for data warehousing, analytics, and Web-based reporting. Analyze and broadcast BI content via open analysis interfaces and a Web design Application Programming Interface (API).

SAP NetWeaver Portal
Access your applications, services, and organizational information from one entry point – or use SAP SRM in NetWeaver Business Client.

Live Auction Cockpit (LAC) Web Presentation Server
This J2EE-based software unit contains a virtual auction floor for reverse auctions, real-time monitoring, and real-time bidding – all tightly integrated with your procurement processes. 


System requirements for SAP SRM

System and software requirements vary according to specific customer scenarios – please refer to he SAP Supplier Relationship Management Sizing Guide for details. Also, please see the SAP SRM Product Availability Matrix and Master Guide for the latest information on updates and releases.

SAP SRM Product Availability Matrix*

SAP SRM Sizing Guide*

SAP SRM Master Guide*

Licensing and purchasing options for SAP Supplier Relationship Management

License and pay for only the functionality and number of users that you require at any given time. Start with the packages and licenses your organization needs right now and add more users and functionality as your needs evolve. SAP SRM is deployed on-premise and requires a perpetual license.


Contact your local SAP account executive for additional purchasing options


Ensure a successful implementation and maximize your ROI with information resources that support the different phases of SAP Supplier Relationship Management – from planning and installation to operation.


Plan your SAP SRM installation

Refer to the Master Guide: SAP SRM 7.0, EPH3 for important information about enhancement packages, including the implementation procedure.

Confirm that you have a license key

To request permanent license keys, you need authorization under myProfile.* To extend your authorization, please contact an SAP user administrator.*

Complete the installation steps
Review Installation Guide: SAP Supplier Relationship Management 7.0 EPH3 for Java and ABAP* for application-specific steps required in the installation process.  
Optimize core system performance
Consult the SAP SRM 7.03 Core: Introduction to Performance and Sizing for SRM Hub Deployment * for recommendations on setting up and optimizing your SAP SRM system landscape.
Fine-tune performance for Procurement for Public Sector (PPS)
View Performance and Sizing Guide: SAP SRM 7.0, EHP3 PPS to see business, technical, and configuration attributes that influence overall system performance. 
Consider a faster deployment option
Get up and running even faster with the SAP Supplier Relationship Management rapid-deployment solution – a powerful combination of software, services, and best practices.
Leverage SAP Best Practices
Take advantage of preconfigured business processes and project accelerators for SAP SRM V2.703Operational Sourcing V1.702, and Self-Service Procurement V1.702.

Need additional help with your implementation? Contact the Service & Support organization



Manage your SAP application

Refer to Application Operations Guide for SAP SRM*  to learn how to manage, maintain, and run your SAP application.

Secure your SAP SRM system

Download Security Guide: SAP Supplier Relationship Management* for important information about securing your software.


Need additional help with your implementation? Contact SAP Services



Enhance your knowledge of SAP SRM

View the SAP SRM Training and Certification Catalog of instructor-led courses and e-courses – and train when and where it’s convenient for you. 

Stay up-to-date with our learning maps

Consultants, get role-specific learning mapswith the latest implementation and operation information for SAP SRM, including upgrades. 



Plan and carry out a successful upgrade to the latest release of SAP Supplier Relationship Management – so you can take advantage of the new features and capabilities right away.

Optimizing procurement and sourcing


Obtain project planning guidance

Plan and execute a smooth upgrade project with help from the SAP Upgrade Roadmap – available for download here.


Identify the upgrade paths

Download the Product Availability Matrix to review upgrade paths for SAP Supplier Relationship Management. 

Download the matrix now

Plan your upgrade

The Master Guide contains important information about Enhancement Package 3 for SAP SRM 7.0 upgrade planning.

Read the guide


Plan landscape changes

The Landscape Planner lets you visualize your existing system landscape, simulate changes, and analyze the potential impact.  

Use the planner



Identify dependencies

Rely on the Upgrade Dependency Analyzer to determine whether your upgrade has an impact on other systems in your landscape.

Access the Analyzer


Size the implementation

Use the Web-based Quick Sizer tool to help you select an economically balanced SAP SRM system based on your needs.

Open the Quick Sizer tool




Complete the upgrade steps

Refer to “Main Implementation Processes and Related Documentation” in Master Guide: SAP SRM 7.0, EPH3 for a step-by-step overview of the upgrade process. 

Read the guide*

Upgrade ABAP components

See the SAP SRM 7.0 EHP3 Upgrade and Update Guides for ABAP to review application-specific upgrade steps, from preparation to follow-up. 

Read the guide*

Upgrade Java components
Refer to the SAP SRM 7.0 EHP3 Upgrade and Update Guides for Java to review application-specific steps, from preparation to follow-up. 
Read the guide*


Additional Upgrades

Learn how to upgrade to SAP SRM-MDM Catalog 7.02 without modifying or losing data. Consult SRM-MDM Catalog 2.0 SP04, SRM-MDM Catalog 3.0, or SRM-MDM Catalog 7.01.



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