We are currently using xls template to upload events to Ariba. Most of the events are complex, containing a lot of questions. The issue we have is how templates are populated by the category people and business representatives. They find xls template not user friendly (all though we tried to simplify it as much as possible), looks like people do not like Excel (and to some point we agree Word document reads easier).
Could you please advise if you have similar issue and how you overcame it? Does anyone use MS Word template to gather requirements and is there an easy and quick way to convert it to Excel then?
At Ariba Exchange, we host a Customer Success group with content that may offer you the input you're seeking. The group is private - you simply need to submit a request to join at the group page. A recent post to the group was a webinar recording that covered sourcing templates.
Ariba Exchange Community Manager
I thought the Advanced Webinar on Sourcing Templates 101 may be of interest to you. You may want to reach out to Lynne Boyd, who posted information on the Advanced Webinar series to see if there are additional webinar recordings or other content that would be resourceful for you.
We found the same problem, but found our people like Excel more than Ariba, so I developed our eSourcing template and a term 'AribaReady' which allows users who use or centralised eSourcing team to prepare content (suppliers, lots / items and questions etc) in an Excel document that's easy for them to work with and share in their team, before sending to the eSourcing team for uploading into Ariba. The AribaReady format means all the necessary data is there, and the format isn't too dissimilar from Ariba that we can largely copy and paste into the genuine Ariba Excel upload template without too much manipulation
If you'd like to talk more, or exchange notes by WebEx, please let me know
Andrew Gill | Global eSourcing Manager | Reed Elsevier
How did the Webex go? I am interested in understanding how/if your problem was resolved?
I too have found that our stakeholders and suppliers are not too comfortable with the Excel format and would like to try to simplify the situation as much as possible.
Looking forward to your reply.