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This blog post provides an overview of key innovations in the 2211 Release of SAP Business Network Solutions.

On November 11, 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 2211 Release: -

Network Onboarding and Account Administration Improvements

In order to comply and provide transparency to the Trading Partner verification process, for any account on SAP Business Network, a verification is performed to check the validity of the company profile information against data quality rules. If an account fails the verification, an automated email notification is sent to the email address used to create the account. The account is set for verification if the company profile information is updated. If it is not updated within 30 days of receiving the email notification, the account will be expired. 

Additionally, when logging on to SAP Business Network, if your first name, last name, or email address is missing, or if your phone number contains non-Latin characters or hyphen (-), you get a post-login reminder to update these fields. When you update your contact information based on post-login reminder, SAP Business Network validates your contact information against data quality rules. If validation fails, an error message is displayed, prompting you to update the fields with the correct information.

Trading relationship requests for standard accounts

SAP Business Network buyers can now send trading relationship requests to unregistered suppliers, allowing them to register new standard accounts on SAP Business Network. The trading relationship request template, vendor CSV file template, and Supplier Invite API have been enhanced to include methods to indicate the account type that an invited supplier registers with. 


New standard account registration experience for the payment proposal  

The supplier invitation letters for the Payment Proposal enablement method have been updated to include SAP Business Network branding. Suppliers registering this way are onboarded as standard accounts using the new SAP Business Network experience. 

Supplier self-service to downgrade account type into a Freemium Account.

Suppliers no longer have to contact SAP Ariba Support Services to convert from an enterprise account to a Freemium account or so-called Standard Accounts. The convert option is now entirely self-service.The enterprise administrative user is presented with an account change eligibility check screen. All the pre-checks are automatically performed.

Converting to standard accounts results in losing advanced account capabilities such as full external integration, supply chain collaboration features, priority customer service and more.

E-Invoicing and Localization 

Peppol integration extended to Belgium, the Netherlands, and Norway. 

SAP Business Network established a connection to the Peppol Network earlier in 2022 and is available in Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. We have now extended the rollout for additional European countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Norway. 

Supplier Insights:

Invoice cycle time KPI 

The new Invoice cycle time KPI widget allows suppliers to track the invoice processing performance of their customers and identify potential credit and collection issues. Invoice cycle time KPI measures the time required to process (intake, review, matching, approval, and payment setup) a single supplier invoice within the Accounts Payable department.

KPI Definition: The number of business days required to process an invoice from when the invoice is received by the Accounts Payable Department until it is approved and scheduled for payment.

Approved Invoices KPI

The Approved invoices widget calculates the quantity and value of approved invoices. It works with the invoice cycle time KPI widget to help suppliers understand customer performance.

KPI Definition: The KPI is calculated based on the value and quantity of approved invoices time by counting scheduled payments sent to you by your customers.

Supply Chain

Component Planning Collaboration

Contract manufacturer suppliers and their buyers want a clear view of the planning situation for the production of finished goods and the components to be used. However at the moment all that a planner supplier/buyer team can do is share planning data separately, resulting in multiple planning items with no relation between each. Other data, such as multi-tier orders/drop shipments of components, is not reflected in the planning views.

  • Single planning view of the material to be produced together with all its direct components required for production.

  • Easy access to all data on planned good inflows and outflows, all network transactions about all the concerned materials.

  • Alerting and monitoring of potential shortages and component bottlenecks.

Component planning collaboration records will be created as soon as the buyer shares planning data for a material that is a Finished good in one of the uploaded BOMs. The component sections within the Component planning collaboration details page will be displayed as soon as the buyer shares planning data for that component material



Enhanced routing configuration on Ariba Network and enhancement for component ship notice 
This feature provides a way for the supplier’s AN administrator to segregate the routing of the document sub types based on the supplier capability. This feature supports separate routing options for ProductActivity and OrderRequest message for Ariba Network. The routing configuration enhances and supports the Resend option for component ship notices.

SAP Business Network for Asset Management 

Collaborative Maintenance and Service-Work Order – Operation Accept / Reject all/Confirm All 

  • You can Accept/Reject all or selected operations of a work order using the selection on the message strip on top of the table header and then pressing the respective button on the work order object page and the Manage Work Orders page. 

  • You now have the option to confirm all or selected confirmations of a work order using the Complete button on the work order object page and the Manage Work Orders page. 

SAP Business Network for Logistics 

Freight Collaboration:  

For the customers who directly deal with the Logistic Service Providers and carriers that book dock appointments as guest users, the customer can now share a static link at a shipper tenant level.  

Standard APIs for outsourced transportation planning 

Provides business process integration between the shipper and carrier or LSP for outsourced planning with SAP Business Network Freight Collaboration: 

    • Outsourcing of transportation planning from the shipper to the LSP and receipt of the planned freight order by the shipper from the LSP 

    • Comprehensive connectivity and integration 

Support of additional EDI Integrations with EDI 990 and EDI 204 (FC) 

Extending the EDI support to support more EDI standards for the carrier to make it convenient for them to integrate with our network  

    • Enables shippers to communicate the following relevant information to carriers regarding shipment requirements and costs to help the carrier make an informed decision including  Equipment information ,Dangerous goods information and additional fields for  SCAC, Weight, and Quantity .

These are the key innovations for 2211. Please review the readiness content for further details.  

Please visit https://www.sap.com/products/business-network.html to learn more about SAP Business Network.  

For further questions and feedback related to the blog, please check the Q&A area and feel free to post your questions in the link with the tag SAP Business Network for Procurement or SAP Business Network for Logistics. or SAP Business Network for Asset Management.