Ariba On-Demand: 13s Ariba Network

New Features and Enhancements Preview

We are pleased to announce that 13s Ariba Network (formerly referred to as Ariba Release 13s3 and Ariba Discovery 13) is planned for deployment in the April/May 2014 timeframe. This release primarily focuses on Ariba Network features for Ariba Buyer On-Premise, Ariba On-Demand Procurement and Invoicing Solutions, Ariba Integrated Customers and Ariba Discovery.

This release continues to support Ariba’s commitment to smarter automation, actionable intelligence, and deeper collaboration with your suppliers. This release delivers innovations and capabilities to help buyers in the areas of:

  • Supplier visibility and interaction
  • Order fulfillment and invoice management across all spend
  • Integration with ERP systems

Follow the links below to view a list of planned features, organized by solution offering.

Explore 13s Ariba Network Hands-on through the Early Access Program

To effectively prepare for this release, you're encouraged to apply for and participate in Ariba's Early Access Program. Through this program you have access to a non-production, pre-release site. This allows you to explore hands-on the planned new features, functions, and process improvements. (Some features may not be available on the Early Access site, or may not be available to you based on your solution subscription.)

Please apply for the Early Access Program through Ariba Connect. Once you log in, click on the Early Access tab to learn more. You can submit any questions via the Early Access Program Service Request form available at the bottom of the Early Access tab.

Click on a link to see what's planned for 13s Ariba Network:

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Ariba Network

Ariba Discovery

The pre-release version of 13s Ariba Network accessible under the 13s Ariba Network Early Access Program is still undergoing testing and does not represent a final product from Ariba, nor does any of the documentation or other materials describing the Early Access Program or new features represent any commitment by Ariba to include any specific new features in any version of the Ariba products. All information about the 13s Ariba Network Early Access Program is proprietary and confidential information of Ariba.

This information reflects the status of Ariba's planning as of December 2013, and the features and release schedule discussed are subject to change at any time without notice.  Ariba assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions and nothing in this web page should be construed to represent any commitment by Ariba to include any specific new features in any version of the Ariba solutions.

Planned New Features by Solution offering

Ariba Network



Enhanced Order Fulfillment Document Information

New mandatory fields on the Order Confirmation ensure key shipping date and change reason information are communicated by suppliers.  

Order Inquiry Document Type

Buyers can now send suppliers an Order Inquiry via a new document type called "Inquiry."  Suppliers can respond to these inquiries via the message functionality or via an Order Confirmation.

Tax Association with Charges and Allowances on Header and Line Level

Buyer can now allow suppliers to add allowances and charges at the header and line level. Supplier can specify the related tax information to allowance and charge lines.

Order-Specific Line Item Tolerances for Invoices

Buyers can specify line item quantity and price tolerances for individual purchase orders or different line items in a purchase order sent from their ERP systems. These tolerances now also apply to supplier-submitted invoices.

Invoice Validation Against Quantity Shipped or Received

New business rules now allow buyers to limit supplier invoice submission to what has either been shipped or received.

Prevention of Zero-Value Invoices

Buyers can now prevent suppliers from submitting zero-value invoices.

Prevention of Order Confirmation Line Item Description Changes

Buyers can now prevent suppliers from altering the item description on order confirmations.

Support for Invoicing Purchase Order Blanket Lines

Ariba Network will now allow suppliers to create invoices based on blanket lines in purchase orders. Suppliers can add line items under blanket lines while creating invoices to describe how they fulfilled the order.

True e-Invoice Close Task

During supplier enablement, only real invoices entered or submitted by suppliers in their Ariba Network account are used to mark the Invoice Sent task as Complete.

Enhanced Invoice Rejection Reason Display

Ariba Network has separated the rejection status comments and reason from the technical invoice history and prominently placed this business information in a banner that displays prominently and clearly to suppliers.

Country-Specific Supplier Company Profile Fields

Suppliers now see new fields in the company profile based on the selected country. Based on the country, some fields are mandatory.

Supply Chain cXML Extensions

New cXML fields have been added to Order, Advance Shipment Notification, Invoice and Goods Receipt Notification business documents to enhance direct material collaboration scenarios.

Single Advance Shipment Notification from Multiple Purchase Orders

Multiple Purchase Orders can be grouped into a single Advance Shipment Notification through cXML document for more efficient processing.

Creation of Advance Shipment Notification without Reference to a Purchase Order

Advance Shipment Notification can be created without referencing a preceding Purchase Order through cXML document for added process flexibility.

Delivery Schedule Lines - Purchase Orders

Delivery schedules can be added to Purchase Order line items for repeated deliveries. This includes Quantity, Unit of Measure, Date, and Time.

Batch Numbers

To improve traceability, suppliers can enter a batch number and a confirmation date in Advance Shipment Notices.

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Ariba Discovery



Improved Commodity and Territory Selection

“Commodities” and “Territories” have been renamed “Product and Service Categories” and “Ship-to or Service Locations,"  respectively. Users can now propose custom product and service categories when they do not exist in the product and service category tree.

Anytime Seller Response Export

Buyers can export seller responses any time after a posting is created.

Attachment Support After Posting Close

Attachments can be added to a posting after the response deadline has passed to provide additional, searchable information about the posting to sellers and other parties.

E-mail-Based Buyer Notifications and Messaging

Buyers can now view and reply to seller responses directly from their email client without logging into Ariba Discovery, expediting buyer and seller interactions. Buyer notifications have also been enhanced and now provide buyers with more detailed information. In addition, sellers can now follow-up with buyers and request a status update and feedback on their responses.

Seller Ratings and References

A simplified seller rating system that allows buyers to rate their interaction with a seller in two contexts: 1) In Ariba Discovery, where buyers rate sellers in their interaction in the context of a posting; and 2) In Ariba Sourcing, where buyers rate sellers in their interaction in the context of an event.  Buyers may also provide references for sellers along with their positive ratings.

D&B Risk Score Data Enabled for All Sellers

All sellers can now include their D&B DUNS number on their company profile, allowing buyers to access seller risk score information when reviewing responses to postings. Sellers benefit from providing this key qualifying information by making it easier for buyers to qualify sellers' financial status.

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Please contact your Customer Engagement Executive for more details.