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Ariba Upstream & Down Stream

Updated: Jan 19, 2023

What is the Upstream and Downstream in Ariba?

SAP Ariba Solutions for cloud. It made up of Ariba Upstream (Strategic Sourcing) and Ariba Downstream (Operational Procurement), as well as its rich background and install base for SAP ERP environments and supplier relationship management (SRM) procurement suites. SAP covers both on-premise and clouds with end to end solutions profiles.

The Process areas span the full source to procure to pay (P2P) process in SAP Ariba

The Area of main process are as follows


SAP Ariba Solutions includes SAP Ariba sourcing, SAP Ariba Discovery, SAP Ariba Spend Visibility, and SAP Ariba Supplier information.

Sign the deal – SAP Ariba Contract Management supports this area

Broad cast deal - SAP Ariba catalogs and SAP Ariba Procurement content allow for broadcast and selection for consumptions for sourced items.

Buy it – SAP Ariba P2X and SAP Fieldglass support the end to end, procure to order/ pay process for item/services and contingent labor.

Be Invoice – SAP Ariba Invoice automation (part of P2P) and invoice professional support this processes.

Cloud Implementation Order

Ariba cloud implementation project is different from on-premise from a typical on premise or on cloud SAP ECC implementation. Due to its SaaS (Software as Service) nature, with less hardware, process permutations, and architecture to consider, more focus on solving business requirements and issues.

Key Considerations for Cloud Implementation

  • Procurement strategy and Enablement

  • Category Strategy and Buying Channels

  • Business transformation/ Business Change Management

  • Supplier Integration and Enablement

  • Electronic Invoicing and Invoicing Processing Automation

  • Ariba Implementation Technical Execution

  • Implementation Methodology and, Approach RACI (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed)

  • Security and data privacy

  • System Landscape and Environment

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