What are catalogs?
Catalogs are text files stored on a company’s website. Catalogs describe the products and services an organization offers and the prices they charge. End users are able to search for the items or services they need and then purchase them.
"In SAP Ariba Procurement, customers can create catalog subscriptions themselves by uploading static catalogs from suppliers directly into their SAP Ariba Buying solution. Or they can subscribe to a catalog uploaded by a supplier on the SAP Business Network and receive regular updates on the catalog items."
Features and Benefits of Catalogs
- Flexible and multifaceted Browse and Search using free form text or parameters
- Find, visualize and compare
- Shopping cart experience
- Integrated and electronic
- Comply with business processes and policies
- Integrate with sourcing and contracts
Benefits of Catalogs
- Security and versioning
- Fewer errors with requisitions and invoices
- Stable Configuration
- Frequent purchases
SAP Ariba Best Practice:
Customers should drive as much of their discrete, Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) -based purchasing to catalogs as possible. This enforces compliance and reduces maverick buying through non-catalog purchases.
"This course covers the creation and loading catalogs functionality. We will analyze the different types of catalogs that can be used within the application and review their features and benefits."