Ariba Quarterly Updates
April 1, 2022

Ariba Quarterly Releases: FAQ

Ariba releases four primary updates per year that are meant to improve the user experience. These quarterly releases happen in February (Q1), May (Q2), August (Q3) and November (Q4). Within those four releases are dozens, sometimes as many as a hundred or more, feature updates. Here's an overview of how the Ariba releases work.
Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness
February 21, 2022

Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness: Common Threads

In working on our Pre-Deployment Readiness series, we examined the specific preparatory steps a client should take before their deployment partner walks in on Day One. Many of these actions are specific to a single solution; however, what we discovered was that there are a few tasks that are necessary no matter which solution or module you’re deploying. This roundup takes one last look at each of these crucial factors in making your deployment as smooth as possible.
SAP S/4HANA
February 17, 2022

Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway (CIG)

If you have Ariba, you must move to Ariba’s Cloud Integration Gateway, or CIG, before Dec. 31, 2023. There will be no additional maintenance provided by Ariba for CI9 after that date. Ariba is suggesting that the time to firm up your company’s plans for that move is now. But there are a couple of key points that you need to know for planning that upgrade: 1. How long it takes to move to CIG, and 2. Your options for moving to CIG.
Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness
February 14, 2022

SAP Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness: Buying and Invoicing

In the previous articles in this pre-deployment readiness series, we’ve examined preparing for your deployment as it applies to Ariba upstream modules. Now we’ll look at the Ariba downstream modules related to Buying and Invoicing. There are a lot of similarities in how to prepare for each, including data cleansing and preparing key stakeholders across the organization. One that’s critical to preparing for downstream implementations, however, is understanding the challenges you’ll likely face in post-production.
Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness
February 4, 2022

SAP Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness: Supplier Management

Supplier management is the most complex solution to prepare for from a deployment standpoint. It’s also the most crucial because your suppliers are quite literally the backbone of your SAP Ariba solution. Even more so than with contracts, which we discussed in last week’s article, there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to getting ready to deploy your supplier management solution. It’s critical to make sure the information you’re going to hand to your deployment partner is both current and accurate, or it can cause months-long delays in the deployment process.
Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness
February 1, 2022

SAP Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness: Contract Management

In this article, we delve into preparing for your SAP Ariba Contracts Deployment. The key is to identify your goal before you start preparing for deployment. Our in-house experts on contracts explains: “There is a range of complexity in contract deployment, from simply utilizing the tool as a contract repository only; as a repository with basic approvals and negotiations; or as a repository with full contract creation and contract authoring. Setting a realistic schedule for your deployment will depend what level of complexity you need the contract system to be and how well-prepared you are for the level you choose.”
Ariba Change Management
January 26, 2022

Change Management for SAP Ariba Success: Transformation

The buzzword “transformation” is everywhere. Procurement Transformation. Supply Chain Transformation. Finance Transformation. P2P Transformation. That’s because implementing an automated procurement system like SAP Ariba is a big change. As we discussed in the previous articles in this series there are four main pillars to leading a team to embrace the changes that SAP Ariba represents They are Leadership Advocacy, Communication, Alignment of Roles and Processes, and Training. Properly implementing these strategies can make that big change a true transformation.
Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness
January 24, 2022

SAP Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness: Sourcing

SAP’s Activate methodology has five foundational phases: Prepare. Explore. Realize. Deploy. Run. We’d like to add one more that we call Phase Zero: Initiation. In part one of this Pre-Deployment Readiness series we discussed the prep work you can do before your deployment partners begin on day one. These actions can potentially prevent avoidable, costly project delays.
Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness
January 21, 2022

Are SAP Ariba Best Practices Best for You?

When one of our CCP Global consultants arrives on “Day One” to assess a new client's  current SAP Ariba environment, they often hear this, “We don’t want a deep dive into our current processes, we just want the Ariba Best Practices.” The idea of Best Practice infers a simple, uncomplicated SAP Ariba deployment, but the fact is that “best practices” are not a one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, they’re a framework for defining where you are and where you need to go.

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