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Intelligent Spend Management

Managing the complexities of spend management

A strategic, intelligent approach to spend management is critical to optimize spend while increasing business agility. To fund innovation and manage risk across complex supply chains, you need total control of each spend category as well as a comprehensive orchestration of spending and policies across categories.

Introducing Intelligent Spend Management

Learn how a holistic approach to managing spend, across every source and every category, can help you drive strategic business objectives.

Explore a Virtual World of Intelligent Spend Management

Explore an immersive virtual reality world and uncover the future of spend management. Get insights from industry leaders on upgrading your platform, processes, and network.

Working together to tackle broader business challenges

The mandate of finance, procurement and supply chain leaders is evolving, and you are being asked to work together more closely than ever to tackle broader business challenges. Taking charge of spend management in a holistic way means moving beyond traditional cost-focused metrics and playing a larger role in the success of your organization.


  • Direct all spending to top (and changing) priorities
  • Keep up with regulatory and tax requirements
  • Manage spending as it becomes more decentralized


  • Manage supplier performance and reduce risk
  • Control multiple, diverse spend types
  • Make the best purchasing decisions at a faster pace

Supply Chain

  • Maintain continuity by orchestrating multi-tier supply chains
  • Get products to market faster
  • Strengthen supplier collaboration by replacing legacy systems with modern tools

Every source. Every category. One unified view.

When your total vendor spending comes together – direct and indirect, travel and expense, services and external labor – finance, procurement and supply chain leaders get control of each spend category and the power to orchestrate spending and processes across categories.

Comprehensive supplier management supporting all categories of spend

Best-in-class processes to control each category of spend

A unified view of spending across all categories and sources

Learn more about Intelligent Spend Management

Intelligent Spend Management Overview

Get an idea of what it takes to control each category of spend, and to orchestrate spending and processes across categories.

Actionable insights

Explore how best-in-class solutions, extensive networks and platforms help you get a unified view of your vendor spend and make informed decisions.

SAP’s Own Journey to Intelligent Spend Management

Discover how SAP’s own procurement organization is deploying an intelligent spend management approach to be a best run business.

Intelligent Spend Management – achievable today

With best-in-class solutions for each category of vendor spend, SAP gives you the benefit of decades of experience, learning and innovation, and lets you connect to unmatched supplier networks and ecosystems of third-party solution providers.

  • Gain total control of spending by tackling the unique requirements of each category and process.
  • Uncover hidden spend and manage each process from end-to-end with in-depth functionality.
  • Connect and collaborate with business partners through unmatched supplier networks.
  • Address unique industry requirements with a wide array of third-party app providers.
  • Deliver engaging employee experiences to drive adoption, guide users to the right decisions and focus on top priorities.

What is your current priority?

Learn more about best-in-class processes for each category of spend.

Direct and indirect spend

With SAP Ariba solutions, you can digitalize and simplify your source-to-pay processes end-to-end – on a single integrated platform in the cloud. You will control spending on direct and indirect materials, find new sources of savings and build a healthy supply chain.

Travel and expense

SAP Concur can help your business become an Intelligent Enterprise and create more value by capturing and connecting travel and expense data from virtually any purchase – so you can automate mundane tasks, deliver best-in-class user experiences, and make better business decisions.

Services and external labor

With SAP Fieldglass you can automate services procurement and external talent management with a scalable, cloud-based strategic sourcing platform that offers visibility into your total workforce and easily integrates with your other enterprise systems.

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