This post was updated on April 21, 2023 to reflect an upcoming name change. SAP announced that the name of the Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway (CIG) is changing to the "SAP Integration Suite, managed gateway for spend management and SAP Business Network”. No deadlines for integration/migration are affected. Read more in our article on Upcoming Ariba Name Changes.
The Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway (CIG) is an incredibly robust integration tool that provides a single integration gateway from an ERP, such as S/4HANA, to the Ariba Network to offer a centralized transactional space. This excellent blog from SAP is a great read for an in-depth look at how CIG can transform your processes, however, there are a couple of key points that you need to know for planning your upgrade.
The original sunset date for the SAP Ariba Cloud Integration (CI) solution, which includes the CI-9 support package (SP) 1 and SP2 as well as SAP Business Suite add-on was Dec. 21, 2021. Ariba began suggesting that customers begin the process of moving to CIG in 2019, but then moved that sunset date to Dec. 31, 2023.
That means that two years is probably a safe bet for planning your transition. The amount of time to deploy CIG itself is typically only a few months, but depending on the number of modules and ERPs you have, this process may take longer. Also, as we note in most of our educational blogs, the process will probably vary depending on several other factors, such as company size.
There are two options for CIG: an add on or full CIG enablement with a new Ariba deployment.
New integration deployments are often challenging for customers that are trying to implement upgrades without any downtime or confusion. Experts in Ariba are well-versed in the communication, training, and deep system experience needed to guide a smooth transition.
There are many Ariba consulting firms that can help you with this important transition. Regardless of which you choose, we strongly suggest you work with a professional service to ensure optimal success.
Having said that, keep in mind that CCP Global was one of the original Ariba Service Partners and our consultants are among the most experienced integration partners in the industry. We help our clients leverage best-in-class sourcing, contracts, procurement and AP functions, specializing in fully integrated, end-to-end solutions. CCP Global has built a strong reputation within our client community, delivering savings in excess of $1B through our strategic SAP Ariba implementations.
We’re the experts.