Release Readiness Resources: Feature List For Suppliers


   All 2019 Feature List

  Detailed information on all features can be found in the release guides.  Supplemental knowledge transfer materials are available below for some features.   


  Feature Name
Feature Description
KT For Supply Chain Collaboration Suppliers
  Order report enhancements [CSC-12049] This feature changes the Order type report to Excel format, adds more data fields, and separates optional order confirmation information into its own sheet.

For buyers and suppliers enabled for SAP Ariba Supply Chain Collaboration, the feature provides additional data fields in the Order report and new sheets for optional schedule line and serial number information. Also, suppliers can run a new Multi-Tier Order report to see information from those purchase orders for which they are a copy supplier.
  External manufacturing inventory [CSC-11526] This feature provides enhancements to the existing external manufacturing visibility functionality:

- Creates a new External Manufacturing type planning view, for both buyers and suppliers to visualize the information shared from the External Manufacturing CSV upload.
- Allows suppliers to update external manufacturing data directly from the planning view.
  Order reconfirmation using Excel upload/download [CSC-13057] This feature enables suppliers to reconfirm items by using the existing order confirmation Excel upload functionality. This feature adds an option to download already-confirmed data in Excel format. Suppliers can easily modify this data and upload it to reconfirm the uploaded items. Also, to reduce the volume of accumulated job download files that are no longer needed, this feature enables buyers and suppliers to delete all downloads generated by a particular job. If desired, that job can also be deleted at the same time as its downloads. see release guide for details Q4  
  Excel upload/download for replenishment orders [CSC-13460] This feature enhances the existing Excel collaboration channel for the supplier-managed inventory process in the following ways:

- Enables suppliers to view and update multiple replenishment order-based items at one time
- Enables suppliers to use Excel upload to convert planned replenishment quantities into replenishment orders
  Enhanced filters for Excel upload and download and planning collaboration page. [CSC-13512] This feature provides enhanced filters for the product group fields in the Planning collaboration user interface and in the Excel template during upload and download job creation.

The following fields now allow starts with in their searches:

-Part category
-Line of business
-Product family
-Product subfamily
-Program code [Buyer view only]
-Part type
see release guide for details Q4  
  Subcontracting process improvements for component inventory [CSC-13658] With this feature, buyers and suppliers can filter components and batches by both the inventory quantity and the available quantity. In addition, buyers can impose one or more additional requirements for component inventory: disable individual parts batches to prevent suppliers from using them, require all ship notice items to contain consumed components, and require real-time consumption of selected purchase order items. Q4  
  Manufacturing visibility Excel support [CSC-13780] This feature makes manufacturing visibility data available to buyers and suppliers in the Ariba Network user interface and by Excel download. Suppliers can also update or create planning items by Excel upload. This feature also provides support of custom key figures. Q4  
  New forecast user interface [CSC-14257] With this feature buyers and suppliers transition to the new forecast screen. The new Forecast user interface adopts newer technology which aims at providing the user with better user experience. Q4  
  Quality notifications report and auto-numbering for quality reviews [CSC-1454] This feature automatically generates unique quality-review numbers and enables buyers and suppliers to generate a quality notifications report. Q4  
  External information source integration [CSC-1748] This feature allows buyers to include URL-based links to external information sources for purchase order, scheduling agreement, and scheduling agreement release line items. This can be done in the cXML and using the Ariba Network user interface. Suppliers can use the links to securely access external information sources, such as text files and technical drawings, using single sign-on (SSO). Buyers can also create reports that list who accessed external information sources. Q4  
  Supply Chain Monitor [CSC-7534] The Supply Chain Monitor dashboard provides buyers with graphical tools to configure, monitor, and manage transaction alerts. Buyers can customize which tiles to display and what content each tile shows. Clicking alert content in a tile accesses the alert's underlying transactions. Q4  
  Order confirmation deviation approval for quantity, delivery date, and price [CSC-7582] With this feature, suppliers are able to submit an order confirmation even when it is out of tolerance (for quantity, delivery date and/or unit price). An alert is generated in the buyer portal and buyer can decide whether to approve, approve and update purchase order or reject the deviation. As a result, order confirmation deviations do not hit the customer's ERP back-end system until proactively resolved by a buyer. Q4  
  Regulatory consistent Singaporean eInvoices [NP-10134] Regulatory Consistent eInvoices in Singapore with labels and PDF signing.   Q4  
  Enhancements to taxable amounts on allowances in invoices [NP-12913] Buyers can now require suppliers to enter negative taxes on allowances in an invoice.   Q4  
  PDF based on official FatturaPA stylesheet [NP-15448] This feature will add a PDF human readable format generated based on the official stylesheet provided by the Italian Revenue Agency. see release guide for details   Q4  
  Redesigned user interface in Ariba Network [NP-16581] Multiple visual design enhancements are implemented in the Ariba Network user interface. These enhancements include navigation related changes to the supplier and buyer Ariba Network login pages and the dashboard, supplier registration page, and the profile management page. The new font and background color changes impact all pages of Ariba Network.   Q4  
  Invoicing solution for Malaysia Sales and Service Tax (SST) [NP-17638] In Malaysia, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was replaced with the Sales and Services Tax (SST). Ariba Network has effected changes to its software to enable suppliers and buyers to adhere to the new tax regime. Suppliers must adopt the new taxation guidelines while creating invoices.   Q4  
  Support for planned lean service line items [NP-17990] This feature introduces support for a new type of planned line item called lean services in Ariba Network. It reduces the time, user effort, and processes involved in procuring low-value materials and services. This corresponds to and supports SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud lean services. see release guide for details   Q4  
  Ariba Network duplicate account check [NS-5820] This feature adds a duplicate account check in the Ariba Network account registration process for both standard and enterprise accounts as well as accounts created in Ariba Discovery (so called walk up registrations).   Q4  
  Address validation in Ariba Network [NS-5822] This feature provides non-intrusive easy to understand address validation that helps to fill out and correct any wrong or misspelled portion of a mailing address. The feature also provides support for non-Latin based character translation. see release guide for details   Q4  
  Enhancements to ERP data synchronization with external supplier management questionnaires [SM-15534] For integrated suppliers, this feature pushes updates from an integrated ERP system to all external questionnaires that are not in approval to improve synchronization between buyer data and the supplier view of external questionnaires.   Q4  
  Display new supplier contact names with family names first [SM-15622] Displays new supplier contact names in the reverse order of how they are created. This applies to all areas that supplier contact names are displayed, including external notifications.   Q4  
  Enhancements to supplier bank ID management [SM-9657] This feature introduces the ability to automatically add bank IDs to supplier banks using optional custom country-specific prefixes instead of requiring suppliers to provide these IDs when answering bank account questions. These automatically generated IDs provide a systematic, sequential way of identifying supplier banks using syntax that an integrated ERP system recognizes and prevent suppliers from entering invalid bank ID values.   Q4  
  Control sending status update request for inbound documents in pending queue to suppliers This feature prevents pending queue status update request from being sent to integrated suppliers. see release guide for details   Q3
  Support partial search of document number in items to ship.
This feature enables partial search of document number in items to ship. see release guide for details Q3  
  Changes to delivery date defaulting functionality in order confirmations When an order confirmation is missing the estimated delivery date, in certain conditions the system automatically fills that field with the requested delivery date from the purchase order. This feature extends that capability to two additional situations. First, this feature performs this capability when a supplier confirms an entire order, provided that the transaction rule that requires the delivery date in order confirmations is set, and the estimated delivery date field is hidden by a customization.

Second, automatic delivery date defaulting was previously performed when a supplier confirmed an order with schedule lines by updating line items and clicking "Confirm all", but not when confirming orders without schedule lines. With this feature, this capability is now also performed when confirming all updated line items for orders without schedule lines.
see release guide for details   Q3  
  Mexico tax invoicing - initial support for payment receipt (Complemento de Pago) Mexican suppliers can now manually upload a payment receipt (that were created in the suppliers' ERP or their other inhouse systems) and the corresponding PDF (optional) using a wizard in Ariba Network. The uploaded payment receipt document are validated against a PAC and e-mailed to the buyer if it is Ok along with the associated PDF.

  Ariba Network supplier profile: category/location enrichment popup This Ariba Network release introduces a popup on the home page after the supplier user has logged in, to remind the user to enrich the supplier profile with product/service category and ship-to location information if it is still empty. The user can opt to directly update the profile, cancel out, or be reminded after three subsequent logins.   Q3  
  Supplier registration; mandatory product and service category and ship-to or service location selection for SAP Ariba Supplier Lifecycle and Performance and SAP Ariba Sourcing This Ariba Network release makes category and location selection mandatory for new account creation. For supplier registration on Ariba Network initiated from Ariba SLP or Ariba Sourcing, the Ariba Network account creation process requires the user to make a selection (at least one) in product/service category and ship-to location for its profile. The supplier admin can always later update/expand these selections.   Q3  
  Order sorting and filtering by company code and purchasing organization With this feature, buyers and suppliers will be able to sort and filter purchase orders and releases, based on the company code and the purchasing organization. Q3  
  Usability enhancements for advanced packaging with handling units Enhancements for advanced packaging with handling units to provide more flexible process configuration and control, by advanced determination logic to select available packing specification for the suppliers and bring in capabilities to handle auxiliary materials. Buyer gets also more control of available packing options on supplier side, like add, move or print of handling units and make packing mandatory. Q3  
  Enhancements to Excel order confirmation upload and download This feature provides the following enhancements to the Excel order confirmation upload and download functionality:
  • The error log that is generated at the end of an upload is replaced with a status log. This log displays a detailed status of each confirmed purchase order. Warning messages are also displayed for each confirmed PO, when applicable.
  • A new upload status is introduced to indicate that the upload was completed with errors.
  • A timestamp is added when an Excel order confirmation is uploaded to Ariba Network.
  Usability enhancements for handling unit packed quantities This feature allows suppliers to edit packed quantities on the lowest packing level for each individual unit of the packing material. see release guide for details   Q3  
  Extrinsic support in quality notification upload/download Excel files and attachment size increase This feature provides two usability enhancements for quality notifications: 1) The maximum size limitation for attachments to quality notifications is now controlled by the Attachment Limitation setting in the buyer profile, which can be changed by the buyer administrator. 2) Quality notification Excel files for upload and download now support extrinsics.    Q3  
  Goods received key figure With this feature, buyers can see quantities of goods received on the same date in which a goods receipt notice is sent to them. see release guide for details Q3  
  Quality inspection improvement This feature enhances quality inspection process within Ariba Network. see release guide for details Q3  
  Handling unit retention in case of ship notice edit and ship notice draft for suppliers With this feature, system will now allow users to:
  • Retain HU after Change PO and/or update to ASN quantity on Submitted ASN
  • Retain HU after Change PO and/or update to ASN quantity on Draft ASN
  Editing of draft ship notices with change orders A ship notice in status 'draft' is now retained and can continue to be edited by the supplier, even after a change order was sent by the buyer. see release guide for details   Q3  
  Support for references to original receipts in receipt return and reversal Customers are now able to send, in receipt return and reversal, references to the original goods receipt (the one being returned or reversed). With these references, AN is able to determine the correct available quantity to be invoiced when invoicing is based on received quantities and references to receipts are required in the invoice. see release guide for details   Q3  
  Enhancements to support Mexico tax invoicing with Buying and Invoicing Ariba Network adds ability to set Tax Type for AN invoices. AN invoice cXML contains now Tax Type information in extrinsic cXML tag so that P2P can process the tax type information when available and save it.  Ship To segment is also added with minimum data required in B&I. see release guide for details   Q3  
  Indicating final service sheet Now, buyers can configure a new default transaction rule which when enabled allows suppliers to indicate on a service sheet that it will be the final service sheet generated against the line item in a purchase order even if the quantum of work units is not complete.
When this rule is enabled and suppliers indicate that the service sheet is final, buyers can view the final service sheet label when they receive the service sheet.
  GRN report enhancement New fields have been added to the GRN report which expand the opportunities for customers to request additional data for analysis and review by their internal teams.   Q3  
  Deleting posts in a conversation This feature allows Ariba Network buyer and supplier administrators to delete posts of sub-users within its own organization. However in order to delete such posts, they should have been initiated by its own company's sub-users. On deletion, the posts are not visible to the end user. The posts are eventually purged from the system after a pre-defined retention period.   Q3  
  Creating reports for messages With this feature, buyer and supplier users can now generate reports for conversations and create messaging related report templates. Any buyer or supplier user having access to reports functionality can create a report template and generate reports. All generated messaging reports shall contain the following information: Date of initiation of the conversation, Subject of the conversation, Message content, Context of message (PO, Invoice or Broadcast), Document reference no, Ariba Network ID (AN ID) of Creator of the message. Q3  
  Canceling a service sheet in Ariba Network Buyers can now allow suppliers to cancel service sheets that they create with a new transaction rule. Suppliers, if allowed by the buyer, can now cancel services sheets if their status is either Sent or Failed. Q3  
  New alternate trading relationship request for quick enabled suppliers (basic) This feature provides buyers with an basic quick enablement trading relationship request template that contains only minimal SAP Ariba content and allows buyer administrators to customize the template content. Q3  
  Support cancel and force-reject operations on service sheets This feature allows suppliers and buyers to cancel service sheets that they previously submitted or are awaiting approval from an external ERP system (but are not approved yet), without repeating the entire service procurement workflow to create new service sheets. This feature also allows buyers to force-reject service sheets that they previously approved in their SAP Ariba solution. When service sheets are canceled, or force-rejected, SAP Ariba automatically recalculates the balance tracking of the associated purchase orders. Q3   
  Home page tile document limit increased from last 50 to last 200 This feature increases the number of documents shown on the Supplier Ariba Network home page tiles. Tiles can now show the last 200 documents. see release guide for details   Q2  
  New Purchase Orders and Invoices tiles for standard and enterprise account users Purchase Orders and Invoices tiles are now available to standard and enterprise account users on the Ariba Network Home dashboard, allowing them to easily access purchase order and invoice documents. see release guide for details   Q2  
  Quality Notification mass update using Excel download/upload This feature allows suppliers to perform a mass download of quality notification documents in Excel format, edit the quality notification fields, and then upload the modified Excel files to Ariba Network. Q2  
  Status tracking of CSV invoice upload This feature enables suppliers to track the status of CSV file uploads and also their constituent invoices.   Q2   
  Technical Annulment of NAV invoices in Hungary Provide Hungarian suppliers the ability to annul an invoice from Ariba Network. see release guide for details   Q2  
  Notification messages for ship notices that are declined or accepted with changes Buyer systems follow a pre-validation process to reject, accept, or sometimes accept with changes a ship notice. This feature ensures that suppliers are notified and informed in scenarios where ship notices are failed or accepted with changes. see release guide for details   Q2  
  Allow integrated suppliers to send order confirmations with all item details A new entitlement, called "Enhanced order confirmation integration capabilities for hosted and integrated suppliers", is implemented with this feature. Just like the existing entitlement "Enhanced order confirmation integration capabilities", the new entitlement includes line item information from an order in the order confirmation cXML, if the supplier did not provide it when creating the order confirmation in Ariba Network. In addition, the new entitlement requires that integrated suppliers include line item information in the order confirmation cXML.   Q2  
  Enhanced storage location functionality for ship notices Ariba Network now validates based on a buyer configuration if the supplier is creating a shipment based on a single storage location. see release guide for details   Q2  
  Creating a correction service entry sheet Now, buyers can configure a new service sheet default transaction rule to allow suppliers to create a correction service sheet for those service sheets which are invoiced.   Q2  
  Provision to close, reopen, and delete messaging conversations Buyer and supplier administrators can close a conversation if there is no need of maintaining the conversation. Buyer administrators can also delete their user initiated conversations.   Q2  
  Ariba Network buyer capability to opt out of or disable messaging This feature provides buyers the capability to opt out of the messaging capability available on the Ariba Network. Suppliers shall be unable to send messages via the Ariba Network to such buyers who have chosen to opt out of messaging capability.   Q2  
  Service entry sheet enhancements Buyers can now use the following new default transaction rules to:
  • Prevent suppliers from creating service entry sheets where the line item quantity is zero.
  • Prevent suppliers from specifying part numbers which exceed 18 characters for ad hoc line items.
  • Require suppliers to provide part descriptions for ad hoc line items.
  • Require suppliers to provide line item quantities for ad hoc line items.

Suppliers are now provided with an option which they can use to copy the service start and end date information specified in the service header to automatically populate the service start and end dates of service line items (including ad hoc service line items).

  Displaying rejection reasons in invoice, failed invoice, and SES reports Ariba Network captures the user-provided comments in the Status Comments column for failed invoice and SES reports. The invoice, failed invoice, and SES reports now display a new Rejection Reasons column which show the rejection reasons generated by the ERP or procurement systems. Rejection reasons in the reports help users understand if there are any patterns in rejections. This data can help users take preventive measures to avoid reconciliation tasks. see release guide for details   Q2  
  Italy outbound enhancements This feature introduces enhancements to invoice creation for Italian suppliers in order to allow the entry of information expected in the Italian Fattura PA format. The Fattura PA is the legal invoice since Jan 1st 2019. the feature provides support for withholding tax, split payment, project code and tender code and introduces the necessary data controls to create a valid Fattura PA. see release guide for details   Q2  
  Support for ‘U’ (Unknown) account assignment category for service items Starting with this release, users can specify ‘U’ (Unknown) as the account assignment category for line items on requisitions and purchase orders. Users can specify this account assignment value only for line items that are service items.

The buyer can request the supplier to fill in the accounting information when creating the service sheet. Otherwise the accounting information will later be required when creating the invoice, which can be done by the buyer or supplier.

  Ability to get quotes on entire BOM in Product Sourcing Feature allows to push an entire BOM to an RFX without loosing the BOM structure and thereby allowing suppliers to view the entire BOM and roll up cost in the context.   Q2  
  Serial number visibility and reporting This feature allows suppliers to view serial number information on the purchase order in the line item details. There is a new serial number report template that buyers and suppliers can use to extract serial numbers from orders without opening them one by one. Q2  
  Quality certificate enhancements for orders, ship notices, and quality inspections Allow buyer to send certificate request at the header level. Also allow buyer to flag each certificate on PO item as optional/mandatory. Q2  
  Quality Review update using email response Buyers and suppliers can open a quality review notification in their email application and then respond to the email. Their responses automatically update the quality review History tab. Users can also attach files to the email response, and Ariba Network automatically attaches the files to the quality review. Q2  
  Quality notification enhancements This feature makes enhancements to quality notifications task section. The optional Processor type, Processor ID and Processor name fields are now list fields. In addition, several new Quality collaboration rules have been added for buyers. Q2  
  Component consumption and component inventory enhancements The following enhancements have been made to component consumption and component inventory:
  • A new component inventory business rule allows buyers to choose whether to display an error message whenever consumption exceeds the available quantity.
  • The Batches popup window, which displays when suppliers click the Look Up link next to the Customer Batch # field on the Create Consumption Document page, has two new columns showing the Consumed Quantity and the Balance Quantity.
  • The Balance Quantity amount is now calculated whenever the supplier submits a new component consumption report or a ship notice.
  • Buyers can now view component consumption in the Ariba Network buyer portal.
  Resend documents Sometimes, for any of several reasons including syntax errors, documents fail to get transmitted through Ariba Network. With the resend documents feature, Supply Chain Collaboration lets you know of specific syntax errors, and enables you to re-send these documents after correcting their errors. see release guide for details Q2  
  Advanced packaging with handling units With this capability, buyers can advise suppliers of their packaging needs or allow suppliers to determine how the packaging will be executed, considering specific product characteristics, limitations of means of transport, and optimization of materials used for packaging. Packaging instructions provided by the buyer or created by the supplier determine how handling units should be nested in during the packaging procedure.

A ‘handling unit’ refers to any unit of packaging and the goods contained on or in it. Handling units contain key information such as identification number (SSCC), weight, volume, status, product detail, and quantity of each item contained.

Suppliers can use bar code labels, representing unique handling unit, which can be printed and affixed to each individual level of the packing, such as on a box which is packed into a carton, which is packed on a pallet. Remaining with the product throughout the supply chain, the label’s information allows for accelerated receiving and inventory management.

Each handling unit allows for key information to be accurately tracked and updated, while eliminating time-intensive and error-filled manual input and label reprinting.

  Ship notices by third-party online suppliers Customers operate in distributed environments with third-party logistics (3PL) providers, who not only are responsible for the transport of goods between suppliers and the customer, but also get involved in creating data and documents on behalf of the various supply chain partners. For example, customers may task a 3PL provider with replenishment shipments from the supplier in VMI type scenarios, requiring the 3PL provider to create relevant documentation, such as Advanced Shipping Notifications on behalf of the supplier.

In such cases, the system must allow the various parties to be able to create the documents on behalf of another party and ensure that the copy documents are distributed accordingly. For this particular scenario, a 3PL provider needs to be able to receive the copy PO and create the ship notice on behalf of the supplier, with the system then distributing the copy ship notice accordingly.

see release guide for details Q2
  Ability to get quotes on entire BOM in Product Sourcing Feature allows to push an entire BOM to an RFX without loosing the BOM structure and thereby allowing suppliers to view the entire BOM and roll up cost in the context.   Q2  
  Invoice PDF redesign The invoice PDF document in Ariba Network has been restructured to display business relevant information prominently. The new layout also enhances the PDF's readability.   Q1  
  Generating and sending digitally signed custom PDF invoice documents to buyers Buyers can receive digitally signed copies of custom PDF invoices. Based on the requirements, SAP Ariba buyer administrators can configure Ariba Network to receive either the digitally signed copies of the standard template invoices or custom PDF invoices.   Q1  
  Support for ship notices for service orders containing material line items This feature allows suppliers to create ship notice against material items included in purchase orders that have both material and service items (mix orders), considering applicable business rules and control keys sent with this order to always respect customer settings.   Q1  
  Ship notice update Customer now has the ability to allow their integrated suppliers to update an already submitted ship notice that is not referenced by a receipt or an invoice. The original ship notice is obsoleted by the system and the inbound delivery document is updated in the customer's ERP system.   Q1  
  Date and time validation on items to ship Mixing dates and times on purchase orders could cause supply-chain planning issues for buyers in highly critical JIT-based manufacturing environments. This feature enables suppliers to group and ship multiple ship notices from the Items to Ship page in Ariba Network, based on unique delivery dates.   Q1  
  Days of supply planning Supplier Managed Inventory (SMI) is a inventory management method according to which the supplier usually manages the inventory of his customer or subcontractor. Sometimes, the supplier manages the supply planning as well. Alternatively, the customer manages the inventory but the supplier is responsible for supply planning. SMI process is managed using Min/Max Inventory levels.  You can define the required inventory levels in the following ways:
  • Fixed inventory levels based on Minimum and Maximum Inventory
  • Inventory levels based on the number of days of supply
  Consignment report With the consignment report feature, suppliers can generate a report in Excel format to help them reconcile their consignment records. This report consolidates goods receipt and consignment movement data for a specified customer.
When a line item in a goods receipt and a consignment movement share the same consignment tracking ID, the report retrieves the related purchase order, line item, and ship notice numbers.
  Configuration of component editability in the order confirmation Customers can define if components are editable by the supplier in the order confirmation by configuring a new default transaction rule. Q1  
  Error notifications for suppliers The feature allows suppliers to be notified of any errors encountered when documents are processed in Ariba Network.   Q1



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