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What’s new in the Q3 2020 (2008) SAP Ariba product release?

The 3rd quarter 2020 update delivers over 110 features spanning the entire portfolio of SAP Ariba products!  As always, please review the complete list of features released on August 14 which may be found on SAP Ariba Connect.  This release we are providing our inaugural What’s New Guide via the SAP Help Portal.  The What’s New Guide consolidates prior Release Guide materials from 3 product areas in to a single, easy to navigate document.  Be sure to bookmark this page to insure you have the most up to date information on what’s new with SAP Ariba.

Read on to learn more about our Q3 highlights!

Source to Contract:
Smart import of RFP items from unstructured Microsoft Excel files

Reduce the time and effort required to add line items in RFP events by leveraging the new import for unstructured Microsoft Excel files capability.  Line item data may be populated from data that does not conform to any predefined format thereby enabling users to reliably map unstructured line item data to RFP events.  Witness the unique capabilities of this innovation via the recorded demonstration and learn more about options available to users here.

Procure to Pay:
Invoicing service purchase orders with hierarchy without service sheets

Empower suppliers delivering services to your organization to easily create service invoices from orders that contain item hierarchies.  A straight-forward flip of the service order data into an invoice drives efficiency to the supplier invoicing process as well as the buyer reconciliation activities for specified service orders.  Dig in to the details of this innovation that is certain to drive smiles to your services suppliers and buyers!

Supplier Management and Network:
Action queue for engagement projects

End users focused on specific actions that need to be executed are efficient and effective resources in business.  A new action queue page for users to view open approvals, to-do tasks and other actions like periodic reviews and template upgrades drive efficiencies in engagement projects.  Users may click linked names to efficiently maintain the action instead of digging into individual engagement projects or searching for email notifications.  Decrease time to value realization for customers by leveraging the new action queue options for engagement projects.

Special Notice:

With this release there are five (5) features that were previously released as optional capabilities that are now becoming mandatory.  Please remember to visit the Release Readiness page on SAP Ariba Connect to access additional details associated with these mandatory features as well as all aspects of the SAP Ariba 2008 product release. Valuable information such as knowledge transfer materials, release guides as well as materials from prior releases may be found there.