20 Replies Latest reply on Sep 21, 2012 8:29 AM by Jason Brown

    Candidate Enhancement Discussion

    Jason Brown Master

      Alert: New Extended Date for submission to June 8 so that European customers can have a chance to discuss some of the candidate features are Ariba LIVE in Barcelona.

      All:

      Thank you all for attending Ariba LIVE 2012 in Las Vegas. It was a pleasure to meet with so many of our On-Premise customers. As promised in the Town Hall On-Premise and the Candidate Enhancement Sessions, I am starting a discussion topic on potential Candidate Enhancements for future innovation. Please adhere to the following instructions and return to me (jasonbrown@ariba.com) before 12 midnight PST June 8 (Friday).

       

      Thank you very much and I look forward to your feedback,

      Jason Brown (jasonbrown@ariba.com)

      Dir, Solutions Management - On-Premise

       

      Instructions

      1) Download the attached spreadsheet

      2) Do not add any more enhancements (rows) to the spreadsheet nor remove any enhancements (rows) from the spreadsheet.

      3) Familiarize yourself with all the entries. If you have any questions, please respond to this post or make a new discussion on the particular enhancement. Make sure you engage your entire company in this activity as you need to get input and alignment from all your internal stakeholders (including business and IT).

      4) Add comments as needed. If you want to add any comments, please do so in the "Comments" column for each enhancement. You can use this column to clarify your support for the enhancement or to make sure a certain aspect of the feature is included.

      5) In the "Your Rank" column, initially indicate if this is a "High" priority enhancement for your company.

      6) Re-analyze your "High" priority enhancements and assign a distinct ranking. For example if you have 20 High enhancements, order them in importance to your company from 1 through 20 without using a number twice (i.e., you will have 1 #1, 1 #2, 1 #3, etc. and cannot have 20 #1s -- if you do, I will most likely not use your input.)

      7) There is only one submission of rankings for each company. If more come in from a single company, I will take the first one I receive.

      8) Return your completed rankings by 12 midnight PST June 8 (Friday) to jasonbrown@ariba.com

        • Re: Candidate Enhancement Discussion
          rdesantis1 Expert

          We have a couple of additional questions about the candidate list. Would you be able to provide some clarification for these?

           

          #

          Product

          Feature

          Description

          Comments

          26

          Catalog

          Supplier Self Service

          Ability for a supplier to completely enable and update a catalog. This feature automates the complete process. The Buyer can set supplier specific validation rules. Suppliers download these rules to create catalogs. All loaded catalogs checked real time for errors and have real time error reporting. Suppliers correct the catalogs and only corrected, policy compliant catalogs are loaded in system.

          Would the supplier initiated updates require approval?  Or would there be an option for approval?

          72

          Invoice

          Invoice-based Receiving

          Invoice based receiving that allows matching to a specific invoice / or out-of-the-box functionality for holding invoices that are not “ready” to be matched to a GR

          What is a "GR"?

          80

          Buyer

          Enhanced Search - Global Catalog Keyword

          Amazon like buying experience - Improve search so that users have the Amazon like buying experience.  Users should be able to search for an item and all the available products are displayed.

          Is this referring to the ability to search within punchout sites from the Catalog Home screen?

          85

          Analysis

          Enhanced Metadata capabilities

          Provide users the ability to search, analysis and report on metadata (list of fields, business definitions, business rules, guidelines, etc) in a single repository. Enable the business or functional teams that support the Ariba modules the capability to enter and maintain this information.

          Does this mean the ability to run Analysis reports on things like active approval rules, available search filters, things like that?

           

          Thank you,

          Rebecca

            • Re: Candidate Enhancement Discussion
              Jason Brown Master

              Rebecca:

               

              Thank you for the note and questions. Here are the responses by #:

              #26: yes approval flow for a supplier update

              #72: should be PR (Purchase Request)

              #80: not this is only for catalogs that we load and/or have Level 3 information. We will not search Level 1 punch-out sites.

              #85: it does not mean search on those items. it means searching on the metadata fields in the header.

               

              Thanks!

              - Jason

            • Re: Candidate Enhancement Discussion
              Elizabeth Lettie Expert

              We would also like clarification on #77:

              #

              Product

              Feature

              Description

              Comments

              77

              Downstream Suite

              Enhanced Search - Object Permissions

              Permissions - Ability to search/approve another user's documents including Requisitions, Order, Invoice, and Contract. Capability should be extended to notification and escalation process. Current functionality is based upon permissions.

              Will we be able to restrict query access to documents based on accounting, supplier, or commodity code?

               

              Thank you!

              Beth

              • Re: Candidate Enhancement Discussion
                mdumont Newbie

                Hi,

                 

                Would it be possible to have some some clarification for the items below - Thanks!

                 

                44SuiteUsability - WorkflowAbility to walk the user through the screen in a methodical manner so that they only need to enter smaller amounts / basic of data at a time with default values; have advanced version of information so the advanced user can add more detail; error checking  validation on each field as well as each "wizard step" (all information on the step); confirmation page at the end; Google like starting page for creating requisitions. Possibility to guide the user to a primary and alternative spend channel or Procure-to-Pay (P2P) process paths. Aim is to guide users towards compliance - not force the compliance in order to increase end-user adoption. Possibility to create requisitions based on templates for certain categories or suppliers; Better ways to promote preferred suppliers to drive compliance (non catalog)How is this different from what we have currently?
                80BuyerEnhanced Search - Global Catalog KeywordAmazon like buying experience - Improve search so that users have the Amazon like buying experience.  Users should be able to search for an item and all the available products are displayed.How is this different from what we have currently?
                89BuyerQueue management for documentsFunctionality to be able to park and prioritize documents if additional activities are needed. Enables Procurement to do spot sourcing in a better way; Remove documents from Escalation activities; Enables central functions, with multiple documents in the inbox, to mark out important work itemsWhat documents are we talking about?
                97ContractsContract Auto-Renew and Notice Period functionality No description?  How is it different from what we have now (evergreen contracts and email notification?)
                109Downstream SuiteNew Approval IconsUse the new Approval icons that are in On-Demand. What are they - we don't have on-demand!
                  • Re: Candidate Enhancement Discussion
                    Jason Brown Master

                    #44 Usability-Workflow: it is different because frequently the user is presented with all the information on one page (and you need to scroll). The information in other fields is not filled in based upon answers to previous answers in fields.

                     

                    #80 Global Search - Keyword: there is no keyword search across all the fields today. If you saw the demo for APC in On-Demand at Ariba LIVE, this is what we are after.

                     

                    #89 Queue Management for documents: any document that is showing up in your task and actions.

                     

                    #97 Contract Auto-renew and Notice Period: enhanced configuration of notifications for auto-renew.

                     

                    #109 Icons: These are simply updated and "happier". Smiles, etc.

                  • Re: Candidate Enhancement Discussion
                    Scott Corbett Master
                    20BuyerReal-time accounting and budget check approvalsThis feature provides for budget check at the requisitioning level. The customers can import budgets from their ERP system and ensures that a user is not able to submit the requisition unless a valid budget is found and reserved.Is the idea that Budget data will be stored in Ariba to be used at run time? Is this set-up through file channel? Is Ariba also providing the transports to generate this data from SAP? If this data is stored in Ariba, how is it "real time" when the source of truth is the ERP? Will there be the possiblity to run real time lookups in the ERP, similar to the Budget Check feature Ariba 8 had using TIBCO/SAP?
                    21BuyerP-card Purchase Orders for Suppliers and commodities This feature enable customers to configure the adjustment types and to edit the accounting data during the PCard charge reconciliation.Same description as #22.  Is this a duplicate?
                    22BuyerEnhanced P-card ReconciliationThese features enable customers to configure the adjustment types and to edit the accounting data during the PCard charge reconciliationSame description as #21. Is this a duplicate?
                    56InfrastructureAutomated Testing FrameworkInclude Ariba's automated testing framework to decrease time for Service Pack and Point Release adoption. Would include the ability for IT users to create automated tests that can be run against a new SP or PR; This is the same ATF that Ariba uses today for its On-Demand Solutions.Can this also be used for performance testing? Example: multiple sessions/use cases running at the same time?
                    c-9CatalogLine Item Pricing TermsExisting 11s1 functionality allowing to LINK all Items of a Catalogue to the ContractCould you elaborate on the description? Current contract functionality allows you to link all items of a catalog. How is this different?
                      • Re: Candidate Enhancement Discussion
                        Jason Brown Master

                        #20: there will be imports from SAP into Ariba for the budgets. The real-time aspect is when the requisition is being created and submitted, it is checked for validity not afterwards.

                        #21 and 22: duplicate. The real one is #22

                        #56: automated testing framework can be used in a performance setting. Essentially this request is for Ariba to open up the framework we have in place so that you can make your own automated tests and hence take SPs and Point Releaes faster and not having to do all manual testing.

                        #c-9: this is to link the line item pricing to the line item contract pricing.

                      • Re: Candidate Enhancement Discussion
                        Heriberto Rodriguez Journeyman

                        Hi Jason,

                         

                        Could you remind us when the final list of enhancements for 9r2 will be ready?

                         

                        Thanks,

                        Heriberto R.

                        • Re: Candidate Enhancement Discussion
                          Jason Brown Master

                          All:

                           

                          Thank you all for attending the On-Premise User Group in Chicago the week of September 10th. As promised, please find a small sub-set of the features that we would like the On-Premise Community to re-rank. Please adhere to the following instructions and return to Mike Odom (modom@ariba.com) or myself (jasonbrown@ariba.com) before 12 midnight PST September 28 (Friday).

                           

                          Thank you very much and we look forward to your feedback,

                          Jason Brown (jasonbrown@ariba.com)

                          Dir, Solutions Management - On-Premise

                           

                          Instructions

                          1) Download the attached spreadsheet (9r2CandidateFeatures-ReRank.xlsx)

                          2) Do not add any more enhancements (rows) to the spreadsheet nor remove any enhancements (rows) from the spreadsheet.

                          3) Familiarize yourself with all the entries.

                          4) In the "Rank" column, prioritize the enhancements and assign a distinct ranking from 1-3 (we only want your top 3). For example, you will have 1 #1, 1 #2, and 1 #3.

                          5) There is only one submission of rankings for each company. If more come in from a single company, I will take the first one I receive.

                          6) Return your completed rankings by 12 midnight PST September 28 (Friday) to jasonbrown@ariba.com or modom@ariba.com.