SAP Business Network 2202 Release – What’s New?
This blog post provides an overview of key innovations in the 2202 Release of SAP Business Network Solutions.
On February 18, 2022, we released exciting new SAP Business Network innovations for our customers .We continue the vision based on the foundation laid down in the 2105 release back in May 2021.
Let me share some of the key highlights from the SAP Business Network 2202 Release:-
Trading partner marketing profile
The new trading partner marketing profile offers a new user experience to help suppliers manage their profile information and win more business by standing out to potential customers across the entire SAP Business Network.
By consolidating relevant information about the supplier’s profile into a single place, the marketing profile on the SAP Business Network is offering an efficient way of updating & managing information that helps suppliers improve their visibility amongst buyers and showcase their uniqueness to prospects.
Trading partners can update their business profile with their business capabilities, competitive edge and other highlights that set them apart.Trading partners can control whether or not they wish to show in search results
Web assistant for buyers and suppliers
This feature introduces Web assistant help in the Ariba Network interface for both buyers and suppliers. Web assistant is a tool to give buyers and suppliers information they need from right within the application. Web assistant help is available as in-context help accessible by clicking the question mark icon at the top right corner of the user’s home page.
E-Invoicing and Localization
- E-invoicing enhancements for Germany to support X-Rechnung invoices has been introduced.
- E-mail channel has been enabled for external CFDI documents for Mexico
New Business Rules for Invoice Processing supports
- Allowing suppliers to send information purposes only on invoices
- Allow buyers to require invoice attachments for supplier groups or suppliers in a specific country/region.
- Allow buyers to specify if invoice date must be after the purchase order date.
- Enforcing suppliers to enter at most one instance of VAT or GST per category
Improved invoice transaction workbench Experience for suppliers
Invoice-based workbench tiles have been enhanced with additional filters, columns, and available actions. Users can now group columns on invoice-based workbench tiles and export the tile data. The Credit memos, Debit memos, Draft invoices, Paid invoices, Overdue invoices (Approved), and Overdue invoices (Unapproved) tiles are now available on the homepage and Workbench.
The suppliers can also now create credit memos, line-item credit memos, and line-item debit memos from order-based Workbench tiles.
Discount Management: Ability to prioritize buyer-initiated discount offers over payment term offers
Buyers might want to obtain an additional early payment discount by passing a pre-existing discount amount to Ariba Network. However, if a payment term offer applies, no additional discount can be obtained. Therefore, Ariba Network now allows buyers to optionally prioritize Buyer-Initiated Discount Offers over any payment term offers.
Supply Chain Collaboration
Order confirmation deviation approval process to scheduling agreements and scheduling agreement releases .
This feature extends the order confirmation deviation approval process to scheduling agreements and scheduling agreement releases.Buyer administrators define logic to capture exceptions (deviations) generated during the scheduling agreement and scheduling agreement release confirmation process and configure order confirmations subject to approval .Buyer planners can Approve or Reject the deviations in the Supply Chain Monitor dashboard for one or multiple deviations.Since deviations are approved at the line item level, if an item from a release has a deviation, it will not be possible to ship or invoice it until the deviation is cleared.
Logistics Business Network:
Asset Network Collaboration Enhancements
- Work Order Confirmations
On the path to completely support end-to-end processes for collaborative maintenance and service, an external Service Provider can now create Confirmations to inform the Asset Operator that the commisioned work is partially or completed executed.The Asset Operator can then review and confirm the submitted Confirmation.
- Sharing of Nested Structures
Multiple Industry 4.0 standards (i.e. eCl@ss, AutomationML, etc.) support asset modelling based on complex Nested Structures. An Asset Manufacturer can now apply these standards to model the asset technical specifications and share these to multiple Asset Operators.
- Model Search application
Model is one of the main object in AIN helping Asset Manufacturers to represent product types and configurations. The improve the usability of the model object, a new Model Search application is now available allowing advanced searching and filtering capabilities up to single attributes level.
Buyer Analytics:Delivery execution data analytics story
This feature introduces the Delivery execution data analytics story. Delivery execution story presents a high-level overview how reliable your supply chain is based on the timeliness and completeness of suppliers’ deliveries.
A delivery is considered to be on time if the receipt date is earlier than or same as the requested delivery date, and it is considered to be in full if the received quantity is same as the requested quantity. A delivery is considered to be perfect if it is both on time and in full.
On time, In full and Perfect delivery metrics can be analyzed at the aggregate supply chain level as well as individual supplier level.
- Payment days late widget
The Payment days late widget calculates the Average Payment Days Late KPI and displays the number of paid invoices by the number of payment days late on a bar graph. The data can be displayed for All customers or a specific customer and for payments received in the Last month, Last quarter, or Last 12 months.Payment days late, in conjunction with the On-time payment rate and Paid invoices widgets, helps suppliers identify the extent to which they are paid late. It also helps understand the payment behaviors and patterns of their customers.
- Payment days late benchmark widget
The Payment days late benchmark widget calculates the average number of payment days late using the same calculation method as Payment days late.Payment days late KPI widget. It enables suppliers to compare the Average Payment Days Late KPI of their customers against the aggregate performance of the network by supplier region, buyer industry, and buyer performance quartile.
The above summarizes only the key innovations for 2202. For more detailed information , please review the readiness content from our support portal.
We hope you enjoy the new capabilities in this release .Thanks for reading the blog post and Stay tuned! To learn more about SAP Business Network visithttp://sap.com/businessnetwork
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