The webMethods Ariba Supplier OnRamp is a marketplace connector add-on to webMethods Integration Server and webMethods Trading Networks. The combined solution allows suppliers to create seamless, real-time integrations with the Ariba Supplier Network. The features supplied with the OnRamp enable you to quickly create typical Ariba supplier-side integrations without the need for time-consuming configuration tasks, significantly reducing implementation time and maintenance costs.
Specifically, the Ariba Supplier OnRamp facilitates "punchout" integration that enables buyers from the Ariba Supplier Network to be re-routed to suppliers' Internet catalogs. This way, the suppliers can provide a customized and content-rich buying experience to the buyers. Furthermore, the Ariba Supplier OnRamp facilitates seamless transaction integration (for example, order request transactions) between buyers and suppliers.
Version 7.1 of the webMethods Ariba Supplier OnRamp enhances the existing Ariba Supplier OnRamp by adding support for the webMethods 7.1 platform and installation through webMethods Installer.
For the most up to date information about the software and operating systems support, see the webMethods Ariba Supplier OnRamp Installation and User's Guide Version 7.1 available on the Software AG Documentation Web site (http://documentation.softwareag.com/default.htm).
For information about previous releases of the webMethods Ariba Supplier OnRamp, see the release notes for those releases, below.
The goal of this release was to enhance the existing Ariba Supplier OnRamp by providing support for cXML 1.2.
The webMethods Ariba Supplier OnRamp now supports the following two additional document types:
These new document types are also included in the test module of Ariba Supplier OnRamp. The Ariba Supplier OnRamp generates corresponding logging information and generates messaging when it processes MasterAgreementRequest and InvoiceDetailRequest documents. You can use the MasterAgreementRequest and InvoiceDetailRequest transactions with or without Trading Networks.
The webMethods Ariba Supplier OnRamp now supports the use of digital signatures for transaction authentication support. Digital signature support is similar to SharedSecret support. See the cXML 1.2 User’s Guide for details.
Earlier versions of the Ariba Supplier OnRamp provided their own content handler to process documents with attachments. Ariba Supplier OnRamp 2.0 now processes OrderRequest documents with attachments using the content handler provided in the webMethods Integration Server.
webMethods Ariba Supplier OnRamp 2.0 supports cXML version 1.2.
For detailed software requirements and platform support, see the webMethods Ariba Supplier OnRamp Installation Guide Version 2.0.
The goal of this release was to provide more features and to enhance those features that further reduce the implementation time and effort.
Intuitive user screens enable users to effectively administer and manage Ariba Supplier OnRamp. For example, you can configure default parameters, create necessary services at specific locations, test those services, and view error logs.
The OnRamp provides cXML 1.1 supplier-side support out-of-the-box. Two new cXML transactions have been added:
Using the built-in testing facility, you can create and send cXML 1.1 requests to the OnRamp document processing service to test your PunchOut and order processing implementation without having a live connection to the Ariba CSN.
The built-in logging mechanism can store informational and error messages about cXML processing. The OnRamp package uses this mechanism to store information when cXML requests are received and responses are sent. If you want to log additional entries, you can use the public APIs of Ariba Supplier OnRamp. Logs can be easily viewed, and are rolled over every night for maintenance purposes.
In addition, the built-in document storage facility can be configured to automatically store important documents, including OrderRequest messages.
webMethods Trading Networks provides sophisticated routing/processing mechanisms that are much more powerful than the basic routing mechanism built into Ariba Supplier OnRamp. Now the OnRamp can be used in conjunction with Trading Networks. The OnRamp can be easily configured so that the cXML documents are sent to and processed by Trading Networks.
The cXML document receiver is the entry point for all cXML documents sent to the suppliers. The document receiver validates the format of the documents and invokes the necessary handlers. The supported handlers are as follows:
Error messages are automatically generated for invalid cXML messages.
You can store all configuration information in one place. This eliminates redundant programming activities. The values can be overridden if necessary.
This feature enables buyers of an Ariba Buyer system to shop directly from your Internet catalog, thus providing a customized and content-rich buying experience. Specifically, using the built-in utilities and instructions, you can easily extract a buyer's (session) information for authentication and perform other customer-specific processing. You can then return a valid cXML PunchOutSetupResponse message containing the appropriate URL to the buyer. Using this URL, the buyer can start shopping from the catalog. When the buyer goes to checkout, the contents of the shopping cart must be sent back to the buyer's Ariba Buyer system. The OnRamp provides a utility to create a PunchOutOrderMessage mapping service that maps shopping cart data to the PunchOutOrderMessage and returns the PunchOutOrderMessage to the Ariba Buyer system.
This feature facilitates integration of the cXML transaction with your back-end systems. When an order request comes in, the OrderRequest handler is automatically invoked. Using the built-in utilities and instructions, you can programmatically process the order to your back-end order management system. You can then send the valid cXML acknowledgement message, OrderRequestResponse, back to the buyer.
Note: You can use webMethods adapters to seamlessly integrate with your back-end systems.
The marketplace connector provides a notification framework. The notification framework automatically generates notification events when the marketplace connector receives and sends cXML messages. You can add custom processing routines to these generated events. For example, when an OrderRequest fails, you can send an email alert to the appropriate person.
The following notification messages are generated automatically:
Ariba Supplier OnRamp includes an additional package which can be optionally installed. This package provides an example punchout site for a supplier named Snowboard Supplier.
The example demonstrates the key features of Ariba Supplier OnRamp. You can duplicate and modify the example for your own use.
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