From a compliance and risk mangement standpoint, the strength of the Ariba solution in Austria is very similar to other European countries; it's that we have the right end-to-end controls from enrollment through preparation, receipt, and processing of invoice data.
The following are a subset of such controls which set Ariba apart from other e-Invoicing service providers:
|Ariba provides a click through agreement that includes “an electronic invoicing mandate” that suppliers "Accept". NOTE: We recognize in rare instance some countries, such has Bulgaria, require paper agreement; this also can be supported where necessary.||Some competitors always use a manual paper driven enrollment process that adds complexity and delay into the enablement process.|
|Ariba has the appropriate general, European, VAT and Austrian fields and business rules. ||Few providers have the depth of Ariba especially when you take into account what can be done using Ariba's workflow in Invoice Pro and P2P.|
|Ariba signs with the appropriate local signature required by country specific tax authority. Please note that Ariba's CA in Austria is“A-Trust Gesellschaft für Sicherheitssysteme im elektronischenDatenverkehr GmbH”. A – Trust is listed as a certification service provider which complies with the Austrian Signature Act.||Some competitors use a certificate as required by another country (not that as preferred by Austria) to approximate the requirement. When evaluating invoicing solutions, verify your potential/existing providers use the appropriate certificate.|
|Ariba performs an additional signing and verification roundtrip if From and To countries are different .||Some competitors only apply single signature and even then that may not be the appropriate signature for either country.|
|Ariba's e-Invoicing process and workflow is engineered to support e-Invoices rather than an adaptation of a paper invoicing process.||Some competitors are reliant on 3rd party solutions engineered for scanning and paper driven workflow.|
|Ariba has a robust adapter strategy and controls to ensure invoice data is received behind the buyer’s firewall.||Some competitors only deliver e-Invoice to an Inbox in the "cloud".|
|The Ariba process results in the signed and verified data loading into buyer’s ERP system.||Some competitors only sign the PDF.|
|With the Ariba process, the invoice data loaded into the ERP is the original, legal invoice.||By only signing the PDF, some competitors lack the controls to ensure the integrity and authenticity of the data loaded into buyer's ERP.|
|Open archiving approach that has the flexibility to aligns to the buyer’s and the supplier’s eArchiving strategy; Ariba retains buyer and supplier customers by creating the most value of any other solution.||Some competitors retain customers by holding the buyer's and supplier's data hostage.|
See Ariba's Country Guide for more details on how the Ariba solution maps to the Austrian requirements. If you are interested in e-Invoicing in Austria, please contact your Ariba representative for the latest version of Ariba's Country Guide.