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General info about SAP Sourcing/CLM

Hi Colleagues,

my customer who just bought SAP Sourcing/CLM in Q4 is asking some general info about it.

  1. History of Sourcing/CLM (Year of released on the market first time, versions history)
  2. Examples of succesfull implementations, #years of usage
  3. List of referencable customers of SAP Sourcing/CLM (ideally used together with SRM)

Would you please help with answers?



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  • Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 01:11 PM

    Hi Alexey,

    1. Sourcing/CLM has been in the market since late 90's/early 2000's. Originally the application was called Frictionless Sourcing (version 1 to 4). The application was acquired by SAP in 2005. Since then the versions have been around beginning 5 through Wave 9.

    2. There are several successful implementations. It will be hard to provide a number. You might want to reach out to SAP directly to obtain the information about successful implementations and list of customers,

    I hope this helps.



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  • Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 01:25 PM

    Some more Info,

    Originally, SAP Sourcing was the product of Frictionless Commerce Incorporated. Founded in June 1998 and based on technology representing more than three years of research in the Media Lab at MIT, Frictionless Commerce developed online commerce technologies. Frictionless sold these technologies as co-branded services.

    The customers of Frictionless were companies that wanted to offer online commerce, but did not have the resources to build and maintain their own capabilities.

    Frictionless first introduced the Frictionlesssm ValueShopper service. ValueShopper provided merchants with a forum for showcasing their value-added services, and consumers with a comparative-shopping environment. Consumers visiting a Frictionless-enabled commerce site could find, compare, and purchase any of more than three million products in 200 broad categories.

    In July 2006, SAP acquired Frictionless, which at the time employed 70 people, and released the acquired technologies in a product named E-Sourcing in both “on-premise” and “on-demand” versions. In 2010, SAP renamed the product SAP Sourcing.

    With Regards,


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  • Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 01:42 PM

    Hi Alexey,

    Log into "" click on "Release and Upgrade Info" and then click on "Installation and Upgrade Guide"

    From the letf hand side select "SAP Business suite Solution" under that clcik on "SAP Sourcing"

    You can find all the information .



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