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SAP Ariba integration – Phase out of CI-9 and Business Suite Add-on options

I am Vijay Vital and I have written various blogs in SCN. I am SAP certified in SAP Ariba (SCC) and SAP S/4HANA procurement modules. My Ariba integration with ERP blogs can be found here (here). In this blog I will be sharing information that I obtained from the Knowledge Transfer Session on SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway(CIG) for buyer Integration.(Limited Availability Release).

During Ariba Live conference last year, SAP Ariba introduced “SAP Ariba Cloud integration Gateway” (CIG), enabled by SAP Cloud Platform Integrator. This was initially launched for suppliers side integrations only. Currently suppliers are using CIG with some self enabling themselves to Ariba Network with very little effort. The buyer side of CIG is set to launch this year.

 

The Buyer Architecture view is shown below.

 

For newer customer (buyer and Seller), SAP Ariba would provide CIG as the preferred deployment option over existing integration options available currently.

What does this mean to existing customers who are CI-9 or Business Suite Add-on?

SAP Ariba will work closely with customers to phase out the use of CI-9 and the use of Business Suite Add-on.

 

 

SAP Address the migration of existing customers to CIG by Migration Program.The approach will not be a big bang but promises a slow and smooth transition for existing customers.

 

CIG has a new add-on different from the Business suite add-on. This means  the enhancement done on the BADI for Business Suite Add-on may needs to be migrated. The CIG add-on for ECC or S/4HANA will not generate CXML like the Business Suite add-on does currently.

While the presentation covered newer error handling process, it fell short of explaining the migration options for existing error handing processes from tools such as FEH, AIF to the newer tools.

we hope to hear more information on CIG in future sessions from SAP Ariba.

Good Luck!

 

 

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  • Very good blog Vijay. thanks for sharing the information.

    We are thinking of moving our connectivity to Ariba from ‘CI-9 with SAP PI’ to ‘CIG’. Any idea on the budget we should be looking at for this migration? We already have SAP Cloud Connector in place, which we are leveraging for connectivity on On-prem SAP with SAP Cloud Platform for SuccessFactors. Thank you!

    • Hello Mandeep,

      It’s a difficult question and I have tried to explain with the little knowledge of your project.

      The cost of the project has 3 main components

      1) Technical migration

      a)) Basis to download the CIG adapter. Configure and transport.

      b) Functional/ ABAP developer for Config, test and enhancement for the comminications

      c) CIG admin person, who will do the config connection mapping in CIG. (Could be functional too).

      2) Testing

      a) Testing using CIG is lot easier but when you testing with customers/ vendors you are influenced by external resources.

      b) identify delta changes and the change process for GAPs.

      3) Rollout

      a) strategy on how you are involving customers and vendors

      b) monitoring and alerting based on vendor or customer groups

      c) continuous improvements and new function rollouts if required.

      My approach is the do it in 2 phases;

      Phase 1 technical migration and get system ready with couple of pilots vendors/ customers.

      Phase 2  Rollout team to rollout the solution built. You have to workout the capacity of how many vendors/customers you want to rollout in parallel based on your resource and target dates.

      The cost varies based on the customisation in the system, the skill set of the technical and project team and the vendors/customer in terms of rollouts.

      From a cost perfective, with right resource, for phase 1, you can establish this in 4-6 weeks after you start the build. This includes SAP Ariba activating CIG on the Network Admin.

      Phases 2 is something that is variable and need to be worked out.

      Try stand solution and move all custom mapping to CIG as much as possible.

       

      Good Luck.