Describing Sourcing Requests

Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Define a Sourcing Request

What are Sourcing Requests?

Sourcing requests are used to request sourcing events and sourcing projects. They typically contain multiple items that need to be obtained or sourced. After sourcing requests are approved, event managers can create a sourcing project or sourcing event to obtain the required items or services. Sourcing Requests can be created in two ways:

  1. Using the SAP Ariba Dashboard
  2. Using the RFQ and Award Integration with SAP Ariba Sourcing feature. This feature is an integration between your ERP system, SAP Business Network, and SAP Ariba Sourcing

Sourcing Requests can be created in the following ways:

Dashboard

In most cases, a sourcing request contains a sourcing event or sourcing project as a subproject of the request and an approval task.

The subproject becomes visible in the Documents area of the sourcing request after the approval task is approved. The subproject is a placeholder that the event manager uses to create a sourcing event or project based on the information in the sourcing request.

The ability to create sourcing request projects from the SAP Ariba Sourcing dashboard is available to all users, regardless of their group memberships.

External System (ERP)

With the RFQ and Award Integration with SAP Ariba Sourcing feature, a sourcing request is created in SAP Ariba Sourcing after the following sequence of events:

  1. An ERP user creates an RFQ.
  2. If the RFQ was created on an Oracle RFQ, the RFQ status is set to Active.
  3. The ERP system sends information about the sourcing request through the SAP Business Network.

Events created from sourcing request projects can be awarded to one or multiple suppliers. If your ERP system is configured with SAP Business Network and SAP Ariba Sourcing, event award information is sent back to your ERP system.

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