SAP has gradually been phasing out the name Ariba in favor of full SAP branding. Here is an overview of what is changing now.
SAP originally announced that the Ariba Network was going to become part of the SAP Business Network as part of the 2021 Q2 update. That has gradually led to some upcoming Ariba name changes that you might want to put on your radar.
These changes are part of SAP’s strategy to unify existing networks under the SAP banner. Ariba is a wholly owned subsidiary of SAP.
Since then, SAP has been phasing out the name Ariba in favor of full SAP branding. For example, the Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway (CIG) is now called the “SAP Integration Suite, managed gateway for spend management and SAP Business Network”. That was announced as part of the 2023 Q1 update.
|Previous Name||New Name|
|Ariba Network||SAP Business Network for Procurement|
|SAP Business Network for Supply Chain|
|Ariba Network for Suppliers||SAP Business Network for Trading Partners|
|Ariba Network, standard account||SAP Business Network, standard account|
|Ariba Network, enterprise account||SAP Business Network, enterprise account|
|SAP Ariba Supplier Mobile App||SAP Business Network Supplier mobile app|
|SAP Logistics Business Network||SAP Business Network for Logistics|
|SAP Asset Intelligence Network||SAP Business Network for Asset Management|
According to SAP, the SAP Business Network improves upon collaborations with trading partners on both the buyer and the supplier side.
If you were using the Ariba Network for Suppliers you will now connect with your customers on SAP Business Network for Trading Partners. You also have the option of just creating a free standard account.
As we explain in our article Ariba Network for Suppliers: FAQ, the standard account used to have certain limitations on the number of documents you could transact. Those limits have been changed so there is expanded functionality in the standard accounts, which makes it a more viable choice for more suppliers.
If you aren’t on the network yet, it’s fairly straightforward to create an account, although we have a number of clients who prefer to have a professional service partner guide them through the onboarding process.
Once you’re on the network, you’ll have access to these functionalities:
If you need more advanced capabilities it’s worth paying for an enterprise account. That gives you access to priority support, enhanced invoice and order functions and integration with an ERP to more effectively automate the processes.
That additional functionality allows you to:
Fees for an enterprise account subscription are determined by the number of documents and volume of transactions your business runs through the network. Your SAP AE can guide you through this process.
You can read SAP’s full overview here.