Previously in Ariba Spend Visibility, only one custom taxonomy was possible.  With the introduction of our latest feature, Additional Custom Category Taxonomies, you can have two or more.  Perhaps you need a different procurement taxonomy to help drive savings for your organization.  Or maybe you need an industry-specific perspective such as retail, energy, telecom, and so on.  Whatever you choose, you have the flexibility to analyze your organization's spend with as many as five taxonomies in parallel:  The United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC), the Ariba Classification Taxonomy (ACT) and up to three user-defined custom taxonomies. 


What does it take to implement a custom taxonomy?  Three components are necessary - a taxonomy, a crosswalk and administrative support.  Each of these is explained in more detail below.


  • A taxonomy is an outline of how your categories will be arranged; it can be as many as six levels in Ariba Spend Visibility.  If you already have one in mind, be sure you have the rights to use it.  If you want to develop a new taxonomy or augment an existing one, consider leveraging your Best Practice Center (BPC) project for help.
  • A crosswalk is a mapping from one set of codes to another.  In this case, you will need to map relevant codes from the ACT taxonomy to categories in your custom taxonomy.  If you are implementing our first custom taxonomy in Spend Visibility, you must engage with Ariba Services to support building this crosswalk to ensure its integrity.  Once your first custom taxonomy has been implemented, adding an additional custom taxonomy is a matter of mapping the same ACT codes in your original crosswalk to categories in your new taxonomy.  Your Spend Visibility Project Manager can get you started with the layout for your crosswalk, but you will be primarily responsible for mapping additional taxonomies.
  • You will need administrative support to load your custom taxonomy.  Your Spend Visibility Project Manager will coordinate this task for you by loading the crosswalk into the system and changing generic "custom category" field names into meaningful names that you provide.


For more information about Additional Custom Category Taxonomies, see the Ariba Applications Q3 2016 Release Guide, which will be published on Help@Ariba with the general availability of this release.