Implementing the Key Configuration Tasks for Supply Chain Collaboration

Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Perform the key configuration tasks required for SAP Ariba Supply Chain Collaboration
  • Create and set up and Integration Project
  • Specify cross-reference values, customizing via mapping tool

Introduction to SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway

SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway, enabled by SAP Integration Suite, gives you a fast, simple way to connect your SAP Ariba solutions, back-end systems, and trading partners.

Key Benefits

SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway uses intuitive, self-service tools to let you quickly configure, extend, and test processes. Automated upgrades and monitoring make it easy to keep transactions flowing smoothly. The key benefits of SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway are as follows.

Self-Service Portal

A self-service portal allows users to configure and integrate with SAP Ariba apps as well as seamlessly transact with trading partners.

Guided Steps

Users are guided through each step required to connect their back-end system to SAP Ariba Apps.

Integration Between Apps

Users can configure integration between SAP Ariba Apps and their SAP system to manage one or more SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA systems.

Cross References and Value Mappings

Users can specify cross references and value mappings.

Self-test

Users can validate and self-test transaction documents before going live.

Monitor and Track

Users can monitor and track the integration lifecycle.

High-Level Architecture

SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway helps to securely integrate SAP Ariba applications with customer SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA systems.

Supported Systems and Deployment Options

SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway can be used with the following SAP systems:

  • SAP ERP 6.0 EHP0 to EHP8
  • SAP S/4HANA On-Premise Edition 1610-2020
  • SAP Process Integration 7.1 and 7.3; SAP Process Orchestration 7.4 and 7.5

A direct or mediated approach to deployment can be used based on the customer’s landscape or preference.

A brief idea about the Direct Approach and the Mediated Approach are given as follows.

Direct Approach

In a direct approach, the cloud connector is used to enable secure connectivity.

Mediated Approach

In a mediated approach, additional middleware (for on-premise, SAP Process Integration/SAP Process Orchestration, for Cloud, SAP Cloud Platform Integration) can be used between SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway and the customer’s SAP systems.

SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway in SAP Business Network Supply Chain Collaboration

In the context of SAP Business Network Supply Chain Collaboration, SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway comprises the following two primary components:

  1. SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway Portal
  2. SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway, add-on for SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA

SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway portal performs the role of middleware for SAP Ariba Supply Chain Collaboration integration with SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA systems.

SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway, add-on for SAP ERP and SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway, add-on for SAP S/4HANA are lightweight software installed on the Buyer’s SAP ERP or SAP S/4HANA system.

High-Level Comparison of Cloud Integration and SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway

To compare the architecture required for cloud integration with the architecture require for SAP Cloud Integration Gateway, select each feature:

Creating and Setting Up an Integration Project

Introduction

Once your SAP system information is transferred to the SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway, the Home screen of your SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway account displays.

  • Integration Projects: Displays the number of projects, according to their status

    The user can view, create, edit, or delete the project.

  • Supplier Reporting: Displays all the projects with connected suppliers, according to their status. This provides visibility on the status of supplier on-boarding.
  • Transaction Tracker: Tracks the transaction documents you have sent and received.

    The user can download payloads and attachments.

  • My Projects: Tracks the transaction documents you have sent and received.

    The user can download payloads and attachments.

  • The Home screen also provides a Create a New Integration Project button above the My Projects list.

For each backend SAP system that you wish to connect to SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway, you must configure an integration project. An integration project includes connection and mapping information of a backend SAP ERP or SAP S/4HANA system. The configuration steps you must complete before deploying an integration on production are explained below.

Step 1: Provide Basic Information

Enter a project name and select the relevant product.

Step 2: Configure Connections within a Project

To add a connection, choose Add New Connections.

Step 3: Set Up Mappings

Set up your mapping using data maps. This step only applies for supplier integration. For buyer integration, choose Next.

Step 4: Enter Cross Reference Data

For additional value maps, enter data as cross references.

Step 5: Create a Test Script

Create a test script and schedule the testing.

Step 6: Get Ready for Deployment

Upon completing the above steps, the project is ready for deployment.

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