Procurement Transformation with SAP Ariba and SAP S/4HANA

Join this free online course to learn how procurement has been transformed with the availability of new digital solutions. Learn how you can move your SAP SRM to SAP S/4HANA and SAP Ariba, to lead the digital transformation and to innovate key aspects of the source-to-settle process.

This course was retired in October 2023.

Self-paced since December 20, 2017
Language: English

Course information


This course was retired in October 2023.

Course Summary

Procurement has changed considerably in the last decade, and the digital transformation will have a dramatic impact on the way procurement organizations do business. Speed, performance, agility, visibility, and control will become even more important when designing procurement processes and running procurement IT systems.
This course will cover current and future procurement trends, as well as the key aspects of how organizations can manage modern operational procurement processes and the entire source-to-pay process with SAP S/4HANA and SAP Ariba solutions - including the Ariba Network as the world’s largest business network. You’ll learn how SAP can help you to transform your procurement processes in the most efficient way to achieve additional business value for your company.
This course will also include a deep-dive into SAP’s latest procurement solution portfolio, and provide insights into the most promising transition paths to move from your current SAP SRM installation into the future. Topics like setting up cloud integration, choosing the right IT architecture, and linking central and local procurement will round off the course.

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Why Designing the Future of SRM Now?
Week 2: From Today to Tomorrow
Week 3: How to Get There
Week 4: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Business decision makers and professionals in all areas of procurement
  • Procurement application and technology consultants
  • Enterprise and IT architects and IT project leads
  • Anyone interested in SAP SRM, SAP S/4HANA procurement, and SAP Ariba solutions

Course Requirements

Course contents

  • Course content no longer available

  • Week 1:

    Why Designing the Future of SRM Now?
  • Week 2:

    From Today to Tomorrow
  • Week 3:

    How to Get There
  • I Like, I Wish:

    We Love Your Feedback … And Want More
  • Final Exam:

    Good Luck!

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Course End
Dec 20, 2017
Course Start
Nov 21, 2017


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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.
  • Gain an Open Badge by completing the course.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Marcell Vollmer

Marcell Vollmer is Chief Digital Officer for SAP Ariba and is responsible defining and driving Digital Transformation for customers of SAP Ariba globally.

A thought leader in procurement, supply chain, finance and shared services, Marcell’s expertise lies in defining digital transformation strategy and to make Run Simple a reality for global customers and consumers by delivering high cost and additional procurement savings

Andreas Frank

Andreas Frank is the head of Global Go-To-Market at SAP Ariba. He has over 19 years of SAP experience in value engineering, portfolio management, and product and solution management.

Andreas has also acted as an instructor for various SAP and Procurement-related trainings.

Lloyd Keays

Lloyd Keays is a pioneering and incubation executive for SAP Business Network. He focuses on future vision development and explaining tech in simple words.

Lloyd has spent the last 20 years building bridges between technology, people, and process simplification. His clear and friendly approach makes it easy to understand and make sense of disruptive innovations. He is now looking into how blockchain affects businesses, especially when it comes to trade.

Lloyd has a Master's degree in 19th century history from Laval University in Canada, is a senior process architect for procurement and business networks, and is skilled in 3D design, video creation, IoT and more. He lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Christine Hofmann

Christine Hofmann is chief product expert in the SAP Procurement Product team. She has over 18 years’ experience in defining SAP's procurement solutions SAP SRM and SAP S/4HANA. She is responsible for the analytics portfolio of SAP S/4HANA Sourcing and Procurement.

Christine also presents the procurement product vision internally and externally to customers and partners, and has contributed to several SAP S/4HANA books.

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Machiel Spruit

Machiel Spruit is Senior Director On Premise to Cloud Migration at SAP Ariba.

In this role he supports customers to transform their procurement functions and to focus on the value for the business

Martin Reichmann

Martin Reichmann ist Customer Engagement Executive at SAP Ariba where he is responsible for ensuring that our customers achieve their desired business results through software adoption, overall satisfaction, and ROI.

Rolf Weiland

Rolf Weiland is VP in SAP Ariba's Center of Excellence and Network Solution Architect where he helps Procurement customers to expand and innovate and to drive growth with the right Procurement solutions.