Ariba and Dell Boomi to Simplify Seller Integration

Similar to the Ariba LIVE conference last year, one of the main themes at the Ariba LIVE 2013 conference was again that Ariba, now an SAP company, is making it easier than ever for companies to connect to the Ariba Network and collaborate. Accordingly, Ariba and Dell Boomi announced that they are teaming up to deliver pre-packaged integration as a service offering for selling organizations.

Designed to simplify and speed up integration to the Ariba Network, the Ariba Integration Connector, powered by Dell Boomi Integration Packs, aims to enable companies to collaborate more efficiently. The first available connector, which integrates with Intuit QuickBooks, was officially unveiled at Ariba LIVE 2013. Additional connectors to enable sellers who own Microsoft Dynamics GP and Sage 50 (a.k.a., Sage Peachtree) to integrate with the Ariba Network are planned to be released later this year.

Traditionally, integration has been a complex and costly process involving additional hardware, installed software, and lengthy managed service engagements. In joining forces, Ariba and Dell Boomi want to make integration an agile and efficient process. The connector will provide rapid buyer/seller productized integration to connect Ariba Network to Microsoft Dynamics, SAP, Oracle, and other back-office systems. Integration is pre-packaged or out-of-the-box and no additional services will be needed (completed in mere weeks with almost no internal IT resources).

Through the Ariba Integration Connector companies will be able to integrate purchase orders (POs), invoices, and order confirmations between the Ariba Network and their systems to improve their efficiency and overall business performance. Customers should be able to save time by eliminating some steps that are currently required to submit invoices, thus speeding up the internal invoice processing cycle and getting paid faster. Other efficiencies can come through the elimination of manual paperwork, reduction in errors, and by receiving immediate notification of any discrepancies, which are more easily resolved.

Many companies have made the "digital leap", leveraging business networks and exchanges to connect and collaborate with their customers and partners. Yet many selling organizations remain stuck in the physical world, with their critical data trapped in legacy systems and the majority of their customer interactions occurring offline, with higher costs, increased errors, reduced profits, and lost sales as unintended consequences.

As usual, the large organizations are the ones with the resources to tackle this problem, as they can more easily afford to invest heavily in technology to fully automate their operations. For example, HubSpan provides the integration platform as a service (IPaaS) for Ariba customers, which, contrary to the Ariba Integration Connector, is not productized and requires professional services. But this IPaaS offering comes with more bells and whistles that large companies often need and can afford. On the other hand, Ariba Integration Connector offers affordable help for small to midsize companies.
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