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As a product manager for SAP Ariba integration solutions, I had the opportunity to validate the latest in Ariba technology solutions with the introduction of the add-on for SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway last week. We had the .  As the growth of business technology continues to accelerate at an exponential rate, it’s critical to ensure your company can keep up. And SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway (CIG) enabled by SAP Cloud Platform Integration (CPI) makes it easier than ever before.

Whenever a new business software is introduced, a plethora of questions arise: How much will this cost? How difficult will it be to use? Does it add value? With SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway, the answers are simple: it’s fast, it’s free, and it delivers remarkable benefits. For years, integration has been the outcast of enterprise technologies that requires lots of time and money, but not anymore. This powerful solution greatly simplifies the process, not just for initial installation but also with future configurations and additional trading partners.

For buyers, SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway has two components. The first is an add-on available on SAP Service Marketplace, where a customer can download the package to install directly into SAP using the standard SAP add-on installation tool (SAINT) transaction – making it an extension of the ERP system instead of a tedious install process. Downloading and installation take just an hour or two, allowing for basic configuration to begin. This initial configuration establishes connectivity with SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway so setup can commence.

The second component is the portal, which transforms integration into a speedy, self-service process. Through a single gateway in the cloud, you get prepackaged mapping content and wizard-based menus that let you easily set up a specific document for testing in just minutes. And once document setup is complete, the document-specific configuration can be finalized in SAP as well.

All configuration for the SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway add-on has been moved to SAP Project Reference Object (SPRO) and categorized, and can be followed top to bottom from the menu for each document type to be exchanged. Once the necessary information for a specific document is finished, voila, the buyer is ready for testing.

The test central feature lets buyers and suppliers on Ariba Network test and deploy documents at their own pace, without being held up by long wait times to “receive” a test file. Sample test cases from buyers allow suppliers to proceed with confidence to integrate with buyers and streamline business processes by eliminating phone calls, faxes, and e-mails.

Through SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway, buyers and suppliers can grow their businesses together through process improvements and technology efficiencies – making integration Success As Clean as It Gets!

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  1. Mark Wagener

    Hopefully, CIG works better than the current add-on (BSAO). For Suppliers, it is in a controlled delivery phase. It is planned to be in General Availability later this year, as stated by SAP support.

    Update 2018-04-25: see updated comment below!

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    1. Manoj Narayan

       

      It is in a Controlled Delivery phase for buyer-side integration. CIG for supplier-side integration has been in general availability for more than a year. It supports EDIFACT, X12, PIDX, GUSI, EANCOM and OAGIS.

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      1. Mark Wagener

        Nope, we were told differently.

         

        Dear Customer,

        #Thank you for the interest in SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway 1.0,

        add-on for SAP ERP.  This release is currently in a controlled

        delivery phase.  At this time,  we are at capacity in this program and

        are not taking on additional customers.  We will add you to the list

        of Interested customer for the release.  We will contact you if the

        situation changes. It is planned to be in General Availability later

        this year.#

        Best regards,

        SAP Product Support

        Update 2018-04-25: after speaking with Manoj Narayan  at #SAPAribaLive we figured the misunderstanding with SAP Support out:

        1. CIG for suppliers is as self-service available.

        2.CIG for Buyers ERP Add-on is in limited availability and should become GA mid-year

        3. CIG add-on for suppliers (SD ERP add-on) which replaces old business suite add-on is planned. Availability planned for Q4/2018 – Q1/2019!

        What I was referring to is supplier (SD) add-on fir ERP!


         

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  2. Punit Sukhwani

    We have scenario for Ariba Upstream solutions where we want to export the user details and their group from ECC and import to the Ariba and vice cersa.How can we achieve this Is there any standard webservice is available or through ITK.

    We are using PO as a middleware.

     

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