Explaining Multi-Tier Collaboration


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Define Multi-Tier Collaboration
  • Explain the business case for Multi-Tier Collaboration
  • Describe the typical process flow for Multi-Tier Collaboration
  • Explain Purchase Order processing in the context of Multi-Tier Collaboration
  • Explain component shipment from Component Supplier to Subcontractor

What is Multi-Tier Collaboration?

Multi-Tier Collaboration enables you to collaborate with multiple trading partners, across multiple processes, systems, and geographies, in real time.

It contributes to transparency by copying Purchase Orders, Order Confirmations, and Advance Ship Notices to multiple suppliers.

Multi-Tier Collaboration is made possible by Ariba Network.

Capabilities and Benefits of Multi-Tier Collaboration


  • Provides Subcontractors with copies of Purchase Orders, Order Confirmations, and Advance Ship Notices from Component Suppliers.
  • Provides real time updates of Purchase Order, Order Confirmation, and Advance Ship Notices across relevant supply chain parties.


  • Enable relevant parties to have visibility of outstanding orders and shipments from component suppliers.
  • Real time update improves transaction efficiency and minimizes lag time in the supply chain

Multi-Tier Collaboration Process

For an overview of the Multi-Tier Collaboration process, watch this video.

Multi-Tier Collaboration Process Flow

The Multi-Tier Collaboration process flow is shown in the diagram below. The process starts with the creation of a Purchase Order and follows each step as components are shipped and consumed.

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