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Consumerizing business commerce has long been a central focus for Ariba, with the primary goal of enabling sellers and buyers to connect, collaborate, and transact with the same ease we all experience when using Amazon or eBay. But if you’re like most sellers, the complexity of your B2B solutions and processes makes realizing this vision seem like a pipe dream.

 

Ariba introduced exciting new functionality in the 11s4 release that takes you a giant step closer to this goal: the Seller Collaboration Console. This next-generation user interface connects multiple Ariba Commerce Cloud solutions into a single, unified platform, simplifying and streamlining your ability to obtain leads, participate in sourcing events, manage contracts, and handle ordering and invoicing with all your customers through Ariba. The result?  Elimination of redundant information, disparate systems, manual workarounds, and integration gaps between you and your customers!

 

Benefits to Business

By giving you one point of access for a broad array of solutions—including the Ariba® Network, Ariba Discovery™, Ariba Sourcing™, and Ariba Contract Management™—the Seller Collaboration Console makes your business more visible to customers and prospects while saving you time and effort.

 

  • Simplified profile management capabilities. Through the Seller Collaboration Console, you can maintain a single profile for your company—your Ariba Cloud Profile—which appears across all Ariba Commerce Cloud applications, eliminating the need to create and update your information in multiple locations. This ensures that your company appears in the best possible light to your customers and prospects with current, complete data on your capabilities and brand. You can also link child to parent profiles to further streamline management.
  • Instant access through a unified, cloud-based solution. Single-page registration and consolidated terms of use minimize the time and effort required to get started. The collaboration dashboard also provides clear visibility into customer activity across all your sourcing events from one access point. And because everything is based in the cloud, you can tap into these resources at any time in any location with a browser and an internet connection.
  • Better navigation and a seamless user experience. New single-click navigation between Ariba on-demand seller solutions means you no longer need to maintain multiple product-specific logins or enter each application separately. Instead, you can log in once and then toggle between diverse functions and solutions—as well as your existing usernames—allowing you to navigate multiple tasks smoothly and seamlessly.
  • More opportunities to find new trading partners. If you don’t yet use Ariba Discovery, there’s never been a better time to get started—since consolidation of all your Ariba profiles into a single Ariba Cloud Profile increases your exposure to multiple decision makers in buyer organizations. Enhanced marketing fields plus new central certificate management makes it easier to emphasize your business strengths. Buyers can easily import your customer-specific contact and user information into their Ariba Sourcing solution, enhancing their ability to identify you and invite you to sourcing events. Ongoing development of a universal business commerce directory will further increase your access to the global community of buyers.
  • The scalability and efficiency of a network-centric approach. At a time when more and more organizations worldwide are relying on networks to deliver critical business services, the Seller Collaboration Console allows you to capitalize on this trend.  Rather than having to make time-consuming, one-off connections to each customer, you can take advantage of a network-centric, many-to-many approach that lets you conduct business faster and more effectively with a worldwide community of customers.