In this post I will summarize my experience from #SAPAribaLive in Amsterdam, which ended yesterday.
Much discussed topics where:
- digital transformation
- guided buying
- CIG for buyers and sellers
- and many more….
I looked at the whole event from the IT and Supplier point of view. I noticed that Suppliers in general where only rarely present at Ariba Live. Nevertheless, by now SAP and Ariba understood that Suppliers are also customers of their selves. They promised to deliver more innovations on the supplier side.
As I already said in BSAO – Challenging the Ariba Integration on ECC 6.0 (EHP 8) we currently use the old ERP SD Add-on for the integration between our ECC 6.0 and the Ariba Network. Therefore I was heavily interested in the current status of CIG (for suppliers), as there isn’t much information available, yet.
As presented by Manu Singhal CIG for suppliers is available as a self-service, which means there is no add-on (similar to the BSAO) available at this time.
Here are some more details about CIG for Suppliers and how a project would look like:
On buyer-side, there will be an ERP Add-on to utilize the functions of CIG. As state on Ariba Live it will become GA later this year.
Another function which was announced and should become GA within the current year is a PDF Invoice function. There will be the possibility to send PDF invoices to an e-mail address. Ariba will generate a cXML from this PDF. This will save a lot of manual effort for customers (suppliers) who do not have a full integration with their backend-system, yet.
Besides product related sessions, digital transformation and the slogan #MakeProcurementAwesome was a big topic. It was discussed how a digital strategy could evolve and what is necessary to make the transformation process successful. From my point of view, very import points are to have a vision and to have a working change management. From the vision, one could derive which actions are to be taken and one could create a transformation roadmap. For this roadmap to be successfully implemented, companies need a good change management.
Once the presentations and videos are available, I will enhance this blog. Some sessions could already be found here.
Please be aware that all information regarding products which are not in GA yet, were labeled as “Lab preview” and came with the standard SAP disclaimer (look here for example).