As we announced in our previous notification sent on January 31, 2018, IBM is moving to a new purchasing system for goods and services. This transformation will be completed using a phased approach.
Below is more detail about this initiative:
What does this transformation mean for your company?
Conducting business on the Ariba Network is required for you to continue doing business with IBM. Your purchase orders, order confirmations, ship notices, and invoices will be transmitted using this platform which brings many benefits including real-time PO delivery, use of online catalogs and invoice automation, where not prohibited by local law.
Is there a cost associated with this initiative?
There are no fees to register. Additionally, any fees based on transactions conducted between your company and IBM using the Ariba Network are automatically covered by IBM. However, depending on how much you use your account to do business with your other customers, fees may apply.
To learn more about potential fees with other customers, please visit SAP Ariba Subscriptions and Pricing.
What are the next steps?
In the coming days, Ariba will send you communications and instructions for joining the network. This includes establishing a trading relationship with IBM and configuring your account. We appreciate your prompt action on all requests regarding this initiative (not to exceed five business days). We are targeting the rollout of IBM's new Ariba-based procurement processes in 2Q 2018.
If you have any questions, please click here to reach out to our support team.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to a continued successful relationship.
Supplier Enablement Team
IBM Global Procurement