All buyers are "integrated" by default, by virtue of the buy side app’s native integration to SAP Business Network.
Buyers may AUTOMATE their process; via products we sell; integration comes with:
- Collaborative Commerce
- Doc Automation
OR any transactional solution that is NOT P2x/SAP Ariba Buying.
Subscriptions come with a setup included
Suppliers can select routing methods for incoming documents if they are the administrator, if they have Transaction Configuration permission, or if they have cXML Configuration permission (only for suppliers using cXML). Suppliers can specify order routing methods for incoming documents if the account is either in preview or production mode.
When selecting a routing method, consider your infrastructure, technical capabilities, purchase order volume, and order fulfillment systems. You can select different routing methods for different types of order documents.
SAP Business Network stores all transactions (including orders and releases) in the online regardless of routing methods you select. Users can always view transactions by logging on to their user account. Online order routing is the best choice for some suppliers, because it requires only an Internet connection and a supported browser.
The most common order routing methods are fax and email, because most suppliers already have a fax machine or email account. Suppliers with advanced order-receiving infrastructures can choose cXML or EDI routing. These methods send electronic documents to suppliers' order receiving systems. They require suppliers to have technical personnel available to set up and maintain their cXML or EDI systems.
All routing methods are free, except for EDI routing through a Value Added Network (VAN). VANs typically charge suppliers for membership and a per transaction fee. EDI suppliers can avoid this cost by using EDI over the Internet (AS2 transport). Contact SAP Ariba Customer Support if you want to implement EDI routing using AS2 transport. Additional order routing methods are available if your customer has requested SAP Business Network to provide you with custom routing methods. If you choose a custom routing method, documents are sent through a mapping process to or from cXML.