Boston Scientific and SAP Business Network (Ariba)

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Boston Scientific has partnered with SAP Ariba and uses SAP Business Network Network to enable electronic transactions with our suppliers. Electronic transactions deliver proven benefits by sending purchase orders and processing invoices more efficiently for both suppliers and Boston Scientific. 

Schedule a Live Training | Interactive Q&A Session Through Teams

Do you have specific questions about transacting with Boston Scientific using SAP Business Network? Maybe you just need some help getting started? You can request your personal meeting directly to the corresponding team and they will setup half hour based on availability to guide you through the SAP Ariba process.

Contacts

supplierenablement@bsci.comfor USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and Latam countries.

supplierenablementemea@bsci.com Europe & GEM countries.

supplierenablementna@bsci.com for Japan and Korea.

supplierenablementSA@bsci.com for ANZ and India.

Benefits for Suppliers

SAP Business Network will allow Boston Scientific and our suppliers to work together more efficiently and effectively on all the shared aspects of business commerce. If you’re already on SAP Business Network with other customers, you understand the benefits of trading on a global platform.

Supplier Benefits:

  • Ability to create electronic invoices (for SAP Ariba issued Purchase Orders only)
  • Better communication and visibility with Boston Scientific
  • Ability to track the status of your invoices
  • Reduction in errors associated with standard paper invoice processing

If your relationship with BSC provides your first view of SAP Business Network, your registration promotes your business to all other trading partners on SAP Business Network.

Full enablement on the Network is a subscription, fee-based service. Charges are calculated based on the total volume of transactions moving across SAP Business Network, and your chosen subscription level. If you’re like most suppliers on SAP Business Network, your network activity level means you’ll start with a free Light (Standard) Account.

Side by Side Comparison of Light (Standard) account vs Full (Enterprise) account

For more information regarding the costs and benefits of a full-use account on SAP Business Network, please review Subscription and Pricing information on Ariba.com for Suppliers. Click here if you’re interested in a free Light Account.

As a supplier on SAP Business Network, you tap into the world’s largest B2B marketplace, with millions of companies doing business at more than double the volume of Amazon, Alibaba, and eBay combined.

Expectation

SAP Business Network is now a standard part of doing business with Boston Scientific. To optimize benefits from SAP Business Network, we expect that our valued suppliers will take all necessary steps to transact Purchase Orders, Order Confirmations, Ship Notices, and Invoices with BSC via SAP Business Network.

Boston Scientific is committed to the success of this initiative and is working hard to make the transition as seamless for suppliers as possible.

For more information, please contact
supplierenablement@bsci.com for USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and Latam countries.
supplierenablementemea@bsci.com for European & GEM countries.
supplierenablementna@bsci.com for Japan and Korea.
supplierenablementSA@bsci.com for ANZ and India.

Getting Started

If you are a Boston Scientific supplier with an Ariba Account, and are not already trading with BSC via SAP Business Network, please contact supplierenablement@bsci.com (for USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and Latam suppliers),
supplierenablementemea@bsci.com (for Europe & GEM suppliers),
supplierenablementna@bsci.com(for Japan and Korea suppliers) with your Ariba Network ID (ANID).
supplierenablementSA@bsci.com for ANZ and India.

Boston Scientific is implementing the use of SAP Business Network in successive waves by region. As each wave nears its launch date, suppliers for that region will receive a Notification Letter from Boston Scientific, and a Trade Relationship Request from SAP Business Network on BSC’s behalf.

As of January 2021, all Boston Scientific Operations locations in USA, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Europe & GEM Countries, Canada, Costa Rica, Argentina, Mexico and Malaysia have been implemented.

The Boston Scientific | SAP Business Network Process

Boston Scientific uses SAP Business Network for the ordering and invoicing indirect spend. Once you are an an enabled supplier in SAP Business Network, you will receive Purchase Orders (POs) from BSC electronically and you will create and send invoices electronically.

We know that there are some suppliers who provide goods and services for both direct and indirect. These suppliers should be prepared to receive two different kinds of purchase orders from Boston Scientific, and invoice two different ways:

  1. Indirect POs transmitted through Ariba Network (at any level of enablement); invoiced back through Ariba Network
  2. Direct POs via SAP; invoiced to Directinvoices@bsci.com

Suppliers who provide both direct and indirect will need to establish an account on on SAP Business Network, if they do not already have one.  

Invoicing

It is Boston Scientific’s expectation that purchase orders transmitted to you through SAP Business Network will be invoiced electronically back to us the same way.

If you are a supplier with an Enterprise Ariba account (fully-enabled), your emailed invoice will be rejected. Suppliers on a free Ariba Light (Standard) account should also use SAP Business Network to create an invoice directly from the purchase order.

Boston Scientific does not permit non-PO invoices. You will only be able to utilize the SAP Business Network for invoicing of purchase orders that are issued to you via the Ariba Network directly.

For specific questions about Accounting practice within Boston Scientific, please contact the AP Team directly: https://www.bostonscientific.com/content/gwc/en-US/supplier-resource-center/accounts-payable.html

Supplier Training and Education

In addition to the downloadable guides below, SAP Ariba provides reference and training material directly through supplier.ariba.com. On every page, there is a link to the Help Center, which provides context specific help based on where you are in the system.

Ariba also hosts free webinars for suppliers.

Step-By-Step Guides (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I register on the SAP Business Network?

A: Go to supplier.ariba.com, and click the ‘Register Now’ link to create a free Light (Standard) Account, with the option to upgrade to a Full-Use (Enterprise) account. 

Q: How secure is the SAP Business Network?

A: The SAP Business Network uses Secure Hypertex Transfer Protocol (HTTPS) for all communication between procurement applications, suppliers, and the Ariba Network. HTTPS is the standard for secure Internet communication and uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) with RSA Labs encryption. Additionally, accounts on the SAP Business Network are password protected.

Q: What if I don’t want to participate?

A: Boston Scientific is committed to the success of this initiative and is working hard to make the transition as seamless for suppliers as possible. Suppliers are expected to comply with this process change as a requirement for continuing the relationship. Any deviation from this expectation will need to be approved by Boston Scientific, and would likely add time to both sides of a transaction.

Q: How much does it cost to join SAP Business Network?

A: The basic Ariba Light (Standard) account is free, regardless of transactions or dollar totals transacted. For some suppliers with a low volume of transactions, this is the best option. Full-Use (Enterprise) account provides a greater degree of functionality for suppliers as well as access to live help. Suppliers must reach key thresholds before they are required to pay a fee on SAP Business Network. For more information, please contact Ariba directly or click here for more information.

Q: What equipment do I need to use SAP Business Network as a supplier?

A: A valid email address, a regular Internet connection, and a web browser are the only requirements.

Q: Why did Boston Scientific choose SAP Ariba/SAP Business Network?

A: Using a next-generation tool like SAP Ariba (myBuy) results in greater efficiencies (speed and accuracy) in ordering, approvals, and transmission of documents (POs and Invoices) with suppliers.

SAP Business Network provides suppliers with a ready-made proven electronic trading portal. It allows even small suppliers to trade electronically with us and their other customers.

SAP Business Network is the world’s largest trading partner community, home to more than 1.2 million companies, including more than half of the Fortune 500. SAP Ariba provides fast and efficient transmission, tracking, and processing of orders and invoices.

NEWS about SAP Ariba Invoicing

Boston Scientific is committed to transacting business with our suppliers using SAP Business Network wherever possible. We thank those of you who have complied with our requirement to use SAP Business Network for all buyer-supplier transactions: PO delivery, Order Confirmation, and Invoicing.

You can use the SAP Business Network ONLY for invoicing of Purchase Orders that are issued to you via SAP Business Network directly. If a Purchase Order was delivered via SAP Business Network and you submit an invoice outside the SAP Business Network, it will be rejected.

Ariba Supplier Network

Already transacting on SAP Business Network?

Please send us your Network ID so that we can establish a
Trading Relationship with you:
supplierenablement@
bsci.com
for USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and Latam countries.
supplierenablementemea@
bsci.com
for Europe & GEM countries.
supplierenablementna
@bsci.com
for Japan and Korea.
supplierenablementSA
@bsci.com
 for ANZ and India.

General Information Guides

SAP Business Network Step-By-Step Guides

SAP Business Network Step-By-Step Guides

Light Account Guide

Light Account Guide

Full Account Guide

Full Account Guide

Ariba Network Supplier Training

Ariba Network Supplier Training

Standard Account invoicing training

Standard Account invoicing training

Contact Us

For more information, please contact: supplierenablement@
bsci.com
 for USA, Puerto Rico, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and Latam countries.
supplierenablementemea@
bsci.com
 for Europe & GEM countries.
supplierenablementna
@bsci.com
for Japan and Korea.
supplierenablementSA
@bsci.com
 for ANZ and India.

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