SAP Ariba solutions manage supplier data based on the unified vendor model or the classic SAP Ariba supplier organization data model.
The Unified Vendor Model
The unified vendor model has an ERP-like structure and stores data such as bank account, purchasing organization, and company code information in addition to basic supplier data such as name, address, and organization IDs. The unified vendor model includes the following benefits:
- Rich supplier 360° views with supplier information and management functionality in one place
- Unified vendor master data management, with a complete vendor model in a supplier database and bidirectional integration with SAP ERP, SAP S/4HANA, and SAP MDG
SAP Ariba Supplier Lifecycle and Performance and SAP Ariba Supplier Risk use the unified vendor model.
The Supplier Organization Data Model
The supplier organization data model stores data such as name, address, and organization IDs in the classic SAP Ariba data structure. SAP Ariba Sourcing and SAP Ariba Contracts use the supplier organization data model, and SAP Ariba Procurement solutions synchronize common supplier data to this model.
Because of the differences in supplier data models, customers with existing SAP Ariba solutions that are based on the supplier organization data model must migrate their supplier data to start using SAP Ariba Supplier Management solutions that are based on the unified vendor model.