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As a purchasing app, it is excellent. I cannot speak to its usefulness in the AP area. it may be less useful in a different environment, such as manufacturing. For research and healthcare use, it is excellent. Also, we use Banner as our ERP. SciQuest is well versed with integrating with Banner. Users with a different ERP may experience less pleasant results.
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SAP Ariba Contract Management contract management is well suited for complex service engagements as it can adapt to any level of complexity, and it provides flexibility to incorporate different milestones and pricing terms For simple and low-value contracts, it is too advanced as few of the elements cannot be skipped, making it more complex.
Read full review Pros Source to settle: Although we did not purchase all the new applications in the suite SciQuest made, what we did use, worked and worked nicely. With SciQuest you can get a turn-key system. I love the way SciQuest rolls out changes, measuring customer feedback, and rolling out major changes 3 times a year. Like clockwork you know what to expect ahead of time, deciding whether or not you need a particular enhancement (if optional), having plenty of time to make adjustments in business processes if needed, and/or user-base announcements. I was always astonished to see both clients and potential clients come to the conferences. SciQuest would allow the "mixing" of clients and potential clients, apparently unafraid of any negative commentaries the potential clients might get. That has always been impressive to me as a techie myself. Read full review SAP Ariba has Ariba Supply Chain Network that makes Suppliers/Vendors/Buyers onboarding very easy. Ariba Contract Management is very well integrated with Ariba network and hence sharing contractual documents and information are very easy. SAP Ariba provide integration with SAP ERP which takes out the effort needed to integrate Ariba with SAP. Ariba exposes API and ITK to do integration if your ERP is none SAP. Read full review Cons Their existing pricing model for the number of Suppliers onboarded or removed has been a little disappointing as there are times when suppliers do have to be switched out. They have greatly helped in making UNSPSC updating easier, but I would like to be able to get an extract with a delta that would make it easier for us to update our ERP as this information needs to be stored on both sides. Read full review the numbering is limited to contract workspace or CW#, if it is used to RFP, numbers can be RFP# and not CW# for extension, it is nice to have a alphanumeric than numeric only contract term attributes does not need to have an email recipient , the budget owner & issuer are the email recipients Read full review Likelihood to Renew
Simplified and user friendly system that has been implemented across our entire institute and with all of our vendors. We really like this program and it works well for us. Changing to another program would be a significant time investment and hassle
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There is a 3 month learning curve and then the features are easy to use. My AP team processes 400 invoices daily through the system. The things to watch for are vendor billing mistakes (no/incorrect PO number, information discrepancies) and buyer purchase request inconsistencies. Those are part of AP anyway so maybe it is what it is. The Sciquest AP software performs as designed some improvements needed. In our system I have documented a list of 60 improvements that could increase throughput up to 50%. Those improvements include making the AP records GUI format more customized for AP purposes, and improving the QC tolerance functionality, which can be laborious to sync (Match).
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Based on its stability as a leading procurement solution, SAP Ariba Contract Management's contract management provides enhanced efficiency with the ability to build templates to suit your needs, enhanced contract authoring that provides efficiency in the process with digital signature is a perfect tool, any organization would like to have.
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They have had only a couple of very quick occasions where they were down for 1-2 minutes. One time they had a problem adding attachments. Very Reliable!
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Having used SciQuest for over five years and having their competitors, SciQuest offers the best user experience and integration between vendors and ERP.
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They usually respond to medium-to-low priority issues very quickly, and high priority issues almost instantly. Their support team is knowledgeable and responsive. Their Supplier Enablement team is very good and is a feature that most of their competitors don't have. The company makes a serious effort to maintain good relationships with their customers.
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Overall support has been reasonable with SAP Ariba Contract Management, however, I would have preferred localized support as it will have a better connection in the EMEA region.
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We had an internal project manager who was well versed in PMI methodologies. I think the implementation would have gone far less successfully, or may even have failed entirely, without her. She was able to do all the things a project manager is supposed to do, and in an ordered and organized manner.
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Again, our SciQuest system integrates with Banner. Banner does have a way to create, approve and report on POs. However, the SciQuest product is so much more user friendly, so the learning curve is very steep. Also, SciQuest gives us a lot more detail in our reporting and PO history, which is helpful when trying to remember what happened 6 month ago
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This was the program that our vendors selected so we have used this one. I had a client that used Beeline but that felt clunky compared to SAP Ariba Contract Management. You had a lot more hoops to jump through with Beeline. SAP Ariba Contract Management definitely is easier to use
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Highly reliable remotely hosted PTP solution that interfaces with our remote OCR vendor and with university sited operational servers. Twice a year over the last 3 years a SciQuest/OCR system file handling or network problem occurs that gets fixed within a day.
Read full review Return on Investment Customers seem to be fine with selecting requisition items and having them pushed back via carts to a legacy system. Converting one's legacy ERP system to a SaaS solution may prove to be too much of an overhaul in regards to converting to a new set of rules which do not fit exactly with current business processes. The inability to enhance in great detail is also a drawback for customers coming from a highly modifiable system. Read full review Easier contract management means less time focused on looking for information and more time negotiating. Alerts on contract expiration which allows you to negotiate on time. Read full review ScreenShots