As part of our intensified focus on optimizing customer experience, SAP Ariba recently decided to put the power in the hands of our end-users by creating a new community voting program. The goal? To give you a quick, easy way to tell us which product features you want most so we can prioritize development based on your wishes and needs.

Through a simple social-media-style voting tool—accessible by clicking the banner from your home screen in any SAP Ariba sourcing or procurement cloud solution—we invited you to cast your ballots on a wide range of potential feature enhancements beginning March 14. The tool was available in 16 different languages, enabling us to capture input on a truly global scale. And we’re thrilled to report that you responded with enthusiasm! During the 10-week voting period, we received close to 19,000 votes from users at 810 customer organizations.

And the winners are…

After tallying everything up, we announced the final results in the community voting tool on June 13. Out of 40 different feature enhancement requests contending for the top slots, 11 were selected for enablement. Here’s a high-level overview of the winning features, benefits, and planned release dates:

Solution Area

Winning Feature and Benefits

Targeted Quarterly Release Date[i]

Manage preferences

Choose which email notifications to receive: Gives you greater control over your email notification preferences

First half of 2017

POs and invoices

Print purchase orders (POs) and invoices with ease: Allows you to configure print layouts, save documents as PDFs, and print multiple documents with one click

Q4 2016

Invoice accounting, invoice reconciliation accounting

Mass-edit invoice and invoice reconciliation of line-item details: Lets you mass-edit line-item details—such as accounting data, commodity code information, and custom field values—on invoices and invoice reconciliations, and take actions more easily through new dashboards

Q4 2016


Make informed purchases through improved catalog product images: Enables you to add image files or URL images for generated subscription items in catalogs to enjoy a more consumer-like shopping experience

Q4 2016


Create custom catalog forms to capture additional item details—Makes it easier to order and approve items that require detailed information, such as business cards, taxi services, or food orders

Q4 2016


Make the contents of scanned documents searchable: Lets you search documents scanned from paper copies and uploaded to your Ariba solution

Second half of 2017[ii]

Contracts workspace

Create less complex contracts more quickly: Allows you to use a simpler contract creation flow for contracts that don’t have detailed processes (perfect for creating non-disclosure agreements and third-party paper contracts)

First half of 2017

Sourcing events, reporting

Build custom event reports to deliver to your internal stakeholders: Gives you a flexible framework to create your own customized, easy-to-understand reports for delivery to your organization’s internal customers and executive sponsors

First half of 2017

Sourcing events, sourcing events content

Simplified process to add sourcing event content: Makes it easier for you to add sourcing content, such as questions or line items, to your event

Q4 2016 for first phase of this feature


Executive summary for contracts: Offers an easy-to-understand, high-level overview of contract information with the inclusion of new fields, such as special requirements, pricing, and risks

First half of 2017


Keep track of your organization’s user licenses: Lets you view a dashboard that shows current user metrics compared to available licenses for your organization

Q4 2016


Learn more

To see complete details on these great features and the unique benefits they’ll provide, check out the results posted through the voting tool. Just go to your solution home page and click the call to action button with the green horn that says “Voting Results Are In!”


What’s next?

To build on the success of this first community voting campaign, we’re already creating another one, with a planned launch date in the fourth quarter of this year. Keep your eyes peeled in late Q3 for more information from your Customer Engagement Executive, on SAP Ariba Connect and your solution home page, and in upcoming issues of SupplyLines.


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[ii] Note: This is a large and complex feature for which SAP Ariba may seek design partners.