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During the 2018 online Supplier Success Days, we shared Ariba Network fundamentals, offered best practices, and discussed more advanced topics such as integration and catalog. If you couldn’t attend them, no problem, I’ve summarized the new enhancements we released for suppliers in this blog.

Before I cover the new releases, let me recap the additional benefits suppliers can realize by transacting through Ariba Network:

Ariba Network Benefits to Suppliers

  1. Customer satisfaction
    As more companies choose to use business networks to manage their spend, ensuring that your products and services are available on Ariba Network can help to increase the customer satisfaction in the purchasing process.

  2. Payment Acceleration & Visibility
    By accepting POs and submitting invoices through Ariba Network, you can improve DSO and get visibility into when you can expect payment, making cash flow planning easier. Suppliers can take advantage of other capabilities that can speed up payment, provide early payment discounts, and accelerate cash flow.

  3. Digital Sales Growth
    By joining Ariba Network, it can become easier to expand your business by gaining access to over 3.6 million businesses around the world. Suppliers can reach marketplace buyers using SAP Ariba Spot Buy and find leads from active buyers looking for your products or services on Ariba Network through SAP Ariba Discovery.

  4. Automated fulfillment
    By streamlining the connectivity through your ERP system using integration, large orders can be automated, saving you time and resources.

Now, let’s cover what we released at the end of 2018.

New enhancements to Ariba Network for Suppliers

  1. Communicate with customers through Ariba Network
    Tracking down that specific e-mail tied to a specific invoice can be a time-consuming process, we’ve made this process easier by allowing buyers and sellers to chat directly with each other and associate these conversations to specific documents.

  2. Quickly convert digital PDF invoices into Ariba Network invoices
    Nobody should have to waste valuable time manually entering PDF invoices into a separate system. With PDF invoicing, supplies can automatically convert digitally created PDF invoices to Ariba Network documents. To do this, suppliers can simply upload or email digital PDF invoices to Ariba Network.

  3. The future of the supplier experience
    Two years ago, SAP Ariba launched a solution for buyers called Supplier Lifecycle and Performance (SLP). With more adoption of this solution and better-managed supplier bases, SAP Ariba is now ready to roll out new key processes that will improve supplier registration and qualification.

Watch a recording of the supplier enhancements webcast, here or if you want to see content from the entire day, you can watch the full recording of our North American Supplier Success Day,here.

Learn more about Ariba Network for suppliers on the SAP Ariba website at https://www.ariba.com/ariba-network/ariba-network-for-suppliers.