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Ariba Integration – A job for Design Thinking?

Last week I attended a design thinking workshop. Design thinking is an approach to solve challenges and accelerate innovation by combining three different interests: desirability, feasibility and viability.


Excited by what I learned there, I shared my newly acquired knowledge with a colleague. After discussing, we looked at areas where design thinking could be applied to topics we deal with every day at SAP. Currently, we work on the integration of Ariba procurement and sourcing solutions to SAP ERP applications. Could we use design thinking to accelerate innovation in even that topic? In order to answer that question, we simply applied design thinking to this particular scenario and tried to come up with an ideal solution!

So what’s important for a smooth integration to SAP Ariba apps? First, the integrators need to develop the business processes across the different applications. Wouldn’t it be great if they had already best practices and ready-to-go business process diagrams?

Our customers don’t want to waste their resources on paper work and manual processes. That’s why they decided to exchange documents with their business partners electronically on the SAP Ariba Network in the first place. This brought up our second requirement. Integrators need to properly configure the communication channels among the apps for those electronic documents to fly back and forth across the network. Wouldn’t it be great if they had best practices and ready-to-go configurations available?

Before going live with integration, you have to test it. Everybody who has done this before, would agree that developing test scripts on your own can be a pretty tedious task. Wouldn’t it be great if they had access to best practices and ready-to-go test scripts?

Obviously, it did not take long until our SAP Ariba Integration rapid deployment solution (RDS)  came to our minds. It contains best practices with business process diagrams, with configuration guides and test scripts. It already provides the necessary tools and, by the way, combines the three pillars of design thinking, namely; feasibility, desirability and viability.

Summing up our little experiment: we could have saved our resources and brain power on design thinking and just used the prepackaged SAP Ariba Integration RDS instead. The great news is that if you’re looking to simplify your own integration with SAP Ariba, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort and simply leverage the RDS!

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      Author's profile photo Pankaj Yadav
      Pankaj Yadav

      We all know, how Ariva is useful in Sourcing activities. So, any development in this is really appreciable.

      Author's profile photo Ankur Chauhan
      Ankur Chauhan

      Hi Pankaj,

      It is Ariba, and yes it will be very useful but i think we can somehow use in the same way if we upgrade Fiori UI5.

      Author's profile photo Andreas Muno
      Andreas Muno

      HI Pankaj,

      check out the Ariba Integration RDS, it comes with a scope item for Ariba Sourcing integration.

      Author's profile photo Vijay Vital
      Vijay Vital

      Great Article.

      Our Developer and I are brain storming on  how to make a UI5 app for error handling.

      Did you use FEH or AIF?