Onboarding 

Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe how to onboard a carrier

One Pager – Onboarding Check List

  • Brand new carrier:
    • Receive Email A → Place free order in SAP Store

    • Receive Email B → Activate SAP Store account by clicking button in email

    • Receive Email C → This is a FYI email confirming order to SAP store has been placed successfully

    • Wait for couple of hours, receive Email D → Activate LBN account by clicking button in email

    • Receive Email E → Review access url and logon credentials

    • Logon tenant via the url, go to "Manage Invitation" app, accept connection request

    • Manage company profile

    • Manage user and assign groups

    • You could also set up notification receivers, see appendix

  • Carriers already have an account on LBN:
    • Logon tenant, go to "Manage Invitation" app, accept connection request

Integration

  • SAP Business Network for Logistics improves supply chain efficiency by connecting business partners on a collaborative network that supports jointly managing transactions, exchanging documents, and sharing insights across the value chain. For instance, upon invitation from a shipper, you – a carrier company – can onboard onto the network and collaborate with shippers on freight tendering, subcontracting, freight settlement, milestone reporting and dock appointment scheduling.
  • SAP Business Network for Logistics is a cloud solution that provides your company with a range of apps which you can use for completing your daily tasks.

A Single Integration to Connect to Many Shippers

Carriers may choose to connect via API or EDI to the SAP Business Network for Logistics. Once this connection is complete, they are able to communicate with shippers on the network using a single connection.

API vs EDI

While the carrier will be selecting a method for connection, your company may encourage them to connect using API. The resulting benefits to your company will be overwhelming.

API Integration

This diagram focuses on the process for business events and required API calls to complete those processes.

EDI Integration

This shows the process flow for documents when EDI integration is selected by the carrier.

Standard Code Lists – For A Standard Integration

SAP TM is very configurable

  • Shipper’s can define their own code list values – Not good for carrier side integration
  • Shipper’s can map to standard code values using Assign Codes app found in Shipper side of LBN

SAP Defines standard codes that carriers can build integrations against

Integration Guidance – High level

Integration Implementation Phases - guidance only

A typical implementation should take around 16 weeks to complete. However, many customers have complex business practices that could impact this schedule. In addition, the skill and experience level of the customer as well as the implementation partner could affect this timeline.

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