SAP Ariba - information for suppliers
Together with SAP Ariba, we provide an online platform for the procurement of indirect goods and services. Please note that the following sections will provide information only in regard to Ariba Buying and not Ariba Invoicing or Ariba Sourcing.
What is the Ariba Network?
The Ariba Network is an online platform that covers a wide range of purchasing processes such as sourcing, orders, payments and catalog provision.
At the same time, Ariba takes over a digital marketplace function and currently connects over 3.1 million business partners. The marketplace function simplifies the search for new potential customers and business partners for procurement as well as for suppliers. With Ariba, it is also possible to take part in tender procedures online.
How do I use the Ariba Network?
The Ariba Network is a web-based solution. Therefore, you merely need an internet connection as well as an e-mail address.
In order to use the network, prior registration is required. Please note that there are two different account types: a Standard and an Enterprise account. Which account type you require depends on your business relationship with B. Braun and the companies with which you are connected through Ariba.
Why did the B. Braun Group (B. Braun Melsungen AG, Aesculap AG and B. Braun Avitum AG) decide to join the Ariba Network?
We will continue to further the digitalization of our procurement. Our goal is to automate processes as far as possible in order to enable an efficient, paperless and environmentally friendly way of working.
Update on system rollouts
SAP Ariba has been implemented in Malaysia, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, India, Italy, China and Hungary.
Advantages of the Ariba Network
Joining the Ariba Network provides numerous advantages for all participants, which increases efficiency across all possible processes.
Besides the mentioned short-term advantages, such as digitalization, automatization and an increase in transparency, Ariba also provides a number of long-term advantages.
Standard vs Enterprise Account
Standard Account vs Enterprise Account
Depending on your business relationship, you may require an Enterprise or a Standard Account. In the following, the most essential differences between these two account types are listed that will affect our business relationship in the future.
|Topic||Standard Account||Enterprise Account|
|Purchase Order||Orders via interactive e-mail (only one recipient e-mail address possible)||Orders via interactive e-mail (multiple recipient e-mail addresses possible)|
|Simple conversion of order requests into orders||Simple conversion of order requests into orders|
|ASN (Advanced Shipping Notice)||ASN (Advanced Shipping Notice)|
|Receive information on orders directly in your order system (full integration)|
|In-box access on the Ariba Network|
|SAP Ariba Support||
Online Help Center (only for technical questions)
Online Help Center
|Online Community||Online Community|
|Offline Support via phone, chat, E-Mail|
|Direct contact and support from onboarding experts|
|Technical support for account configuration and integration|
|Online training courses|
|Integration||No integration possible||cXML, EDI, Fax, CSV (these formats will be available in the future: PDF, E-Mail or Upload)|
|Reporting||No reporting possible||Reporting is possible|
|Catalogs||Catalogs cannot be uploaded||Upload catalogs (in BMECat, CIF, cXML, Excel)|
|Fees||Free of charge||SAP Ariba Network Fees|
|Mobile App||Included (currently usable without restrictions)||Included|
Below we have assembled a few documents which will provide further information and ease the introduction to the Ariba Network for you.
The transition process
In the following section, you will find the process for the Standard and Enterprise Account. Depending on the required account type, different steps are necessary.
As long as you do not wish to provide catalogs and your estimated document count per year does not exceed 75 documents, a Standard Account may be more beneficial for you. Furthermore, a Standard Account provides limited functionality compared to an Enterprise Account. For example, the orders of a Standard Account user are stored for a limited period of time.
An Enterprise Account is required if you wish to provide catalogs. In case you do not wish to make use of this functionality, an Enterprise Account is still recommended if your estimated document count per year exceeds 75 documents.
If you require an Enterprise Account due to your business relationship, the following steps are necessary to connect to the Network.
Cost structure Enterprise Account
The costs for Ariba consist of transaction and subscription fees. Subscription fees are fixed costs that are determined by the annual document volume. Documents such as orders and invoices are counted towards this volume. Order confirmations and shipping notifications, on the other hand, do not affect the annual document volume. Transaction fees are determined via a fixed rate on the annual transaction value. These fees are capped at 17,300EUR (20,000 USD) per year and business relationship.
Fee Schedule in Euro
Fee Schedule in US Dollars
For further information concerning fees in other currencies, please refer to the provided document below.
Ariba Network: Supplier Fee Schedule Orders and Invoices Supplier Fee Schedule
|pdf (3.0 MB)||open|
The transition to Ariba comes with changes to the ordering process. Detailed information on the process of future transactions is depicted in the diagram below. The payment process will migrate to Ariba in Germany in the future. Therefore, the current payment process will remain unchanged.
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