"Marco, now that we have begun implementing our catalog strategies, how will users search the catalog, and find more information about the items they want to purchase?"
"Ajay, items will be available for users to search for and purchase through SAP Ariba Buying. Let's discover how customers can search for products in the Catalog."
How does the search functionality work?
Catalog provides you multiple filter options for a more specified result.
The search box shown below can search all items in the catalog. You can search based on name, description, part number, supplier name, and more.
When using the search bar, there are various functions that can be applied more efficiently to find what you are looking for:
Stemming: Search for battery
Results: battery batteries
Boolean: "or" operator allows you to search two or more options.
Exclude operator "-" will exclude terms from results.
Example: paper or plastic bags
Example: cable - USB
Partial Word: Trailing wildcard searching is automatic.
Want to search for polyethylene
Just type poly
Fuzzy Spelling: Similarly spelled results will be returned.
Search for Monitors Results: Monitors
Image below displays a basic catalog search for "batteries".
Here are some of the search functionalities that let you search for your desired item.
Search and Relevance
Relevance determines the display order. Higher ranked items display towards the top of the results.
Relevance is determined by:
How closely words in the catalog match the search terms
Lowest relevance field value of the item in the catalog file
Items from preferred suppliers
The line item number in the catalog file
Catalog re-indexing updates the relevance .
Refining Search Results
- Accessible on left side of page
- Selections in effect until changed
- Custom catalog fields are selectable through this menu
- Provides guidance for the search process
- Refinement counts help to provide "sense of what is in catalog"
- Narrows a search result set
- Supports parametric types
Sort Search Results
You can sort your search results by:
- Best selling
- Relevance ( how closely result matches your search results) - This is the default sorting method