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Ariba Network 2Q21 Release: FAQ for Ariba Network becoming part of SAP Business Network

Below are frequently asked questions about the improved supplier onboarding experience for trading relationship request invitations and the new supplier portal and workbench, which are part of the 2Q21 release of Ariba Network.

Q: What is SAP Business Network?

A: SAP Business Network is a cloud-based collaboration offering that can help you transform disconnected supply chains into unified, collaborative, and intelligent networks that remove barriers and centralize data.

With a unified network, you can connect to all trading partners through a single directory, collaborate using shared data and workflows, and apply network-wide intelligence to guide decisions to adapt and improve your business.

https://www.sap.com/products/business-network.html

Q: Is SAP Business Network a new or different network? Is it owned/run by a different team than Ariba?

A: No; SAP Business Network is the new solution name for the trading partner portal all Ariba Network suppliers are being transitioned to as part of SAP’s unified network vision. The transaction network behind the portal remains branded with Ariba, and remains operated by Ariba Inc. (a wholly owner subsidiary of SAP SE based out of Germany).

Q: What exactly is renamed to SAP Business Network and what stays Ariba Network?

A: Two supplier experiences are renamed as SAP Business Network: the TRR invitation-based onboarding for an enterprise account, and the supplier portal home page and workbench for all enterprise and standard accounts. All other network experiences remain branded with Ariba Network or Ariba Supply Chain Collaboration with the 2Q21 release.

Q: Will the supplier login page change?

A: No, not in terms of how login to the network functions. Only the brand name on the login page changes from Ariba to SAP.

Q: Do my network login credentials change?

A: No, all supplier users can continue to use their Ariba Network user credentials, or use “forgot password” to reset.

Q: Will my ANID change?

A: No, the name change with the 21Q2 release will not change the supplier’s network account ANID.

Q: Do I need to sign a different/new ToU?

A: No, the new trading partner portal for SAP Business Network is released as a feature enhancement of Ariba Network, and therefore the existing Terms of Use (ToU) remains in force, and covers all usage of the new trading partner portal services.

Q: Do my Data Privacy Policy rights change?

A: No, the new trading partner portal for SAP Business Network is released as a feature enhancement of Ariba Network, and therefore the existing DPP remains in force, and covers data processing and usage of the new trading partner portal services.

Q: Does my Ariba Network supplier subscription change?

A: No, there is no change to the existing standard and enterprise (premium/bronze/silver/gold/platinum) packages. All fee schedules remain as before.

Q: Why is the SAP Business Network name only on two of the portal pages?

A: The SAP Business Network solution name is only on the new network pages as these new pages showcase the innovations we are introducing with SAP Business Network. As more innovations are released that extend to deeper parts of the network, the name SAP Business Network will appear on additional pages.

Q: Do I need to re-establish buyer relationships on SAP Business Network? 

A: No, there are no changes to any customer relationships nor will it change how you transact with your customer on the network

Q: Are all of my buyer customers automatically on SAP Business Network? 

A: Yes, any customer you transacted with over the Ariba Network is also on SAP Business Network

Q: What is a trading partner? 

A: Trading partner is any organization that can connect and transact on the network. It can refer to suppliers/sellers as well.

Q: Will the move to SAP Business Network impact the hierarchy of my organizational accounts with Ariba Network?

A: No, there are no changes to your accounts or your organizational hierarchy. 

Q: Do I need to create a new account on SAP Business Network?

A: No, you do not need to create a new account on SAP Business Network. There are no changes to your existing Ariba Network account, and you can continue to log-in using your credentials as per normal.

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