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Component documentation SAP Enterprise Buyer 



You implement SAP Enterprise Buyer if you want to use an Internet solution to map the complete procurement process for both direct and indirect materials and services. The process begins with the creation of a shopping cart and ends with the entry of the invoice.

See also:

Structure linkProcurement Process


Enterprise Buyer shortens the procurement process cycle time and saves your company money. Moving routine purchasing tasks to employees in the user departments reduces the purchasing department’s workload and allows buyers to focus on strategic tasks such as negotiating agreements and analyzing vendors.

Implementation Considerations

For detailed information about implementing Enterprise Buyer, refer to the Installation Guide, which you can access at the SAP Service Marketplace.


·  Enterprise Buyer is a separate SAP System that you can use in a heterogeneous system environment. The R/3 System or other ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems can belong to a system environment. The components Financial Accounting and Controlling must exist in the ERP system.


ERP systems will be called backend systems from now on.

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Implementation Possibilities

·  Enterprise Buyer is based on technologies such as the SAP Business Framework, which provides greater scalability and better performance. Enterprise Buyer communicates with the business processes in the backend system via stable, open interfaces, called BAPIs (Business Application Programming Interfaces).

Enterprise Buyer can communicate with the following R/3 backend system releases (and higher releases) (or with more than one backend system):

¡  3.1I

¡  4.0B

¡  4.5B

¡  4.6B

¡  4.6C

See also:

Spoolers, Abstraction Layers, Dispatchers, Drivers

·  You can use the open catalog interfaces to portray various catalog scenarios:



External vendor catalogs

You access any catalog that a vendor offers on the Internet.

External broker catalogs

You access broker catalogs that manage the products of various vendors via the Internet.

Internal catalogs

You store catalogs in your own system.

See also:

XML - Messaging: Open Catalog Interface

With Enterprise Buyer, you can take advantage of One-Step Business, this means buying and selling in a single step.

See also:

One-Step Business - Purchasing and Sales in One Step



With Enterprise Buyer, all employees can carry out the following tasks directly at their desk via the user-friendly browser interface, they can:

·  Report their requirements and search for suitable products in catalogs

·  Check the procurement status and delete shopping carts that are no longer required

·  Enter goods receipts, receipts of performed services, or invoices (if the business partner has not already done so)


Managers are responsible for approving the shopping carts of their employees. They receive them automatically via the Web-capable SAP Business Workflow and can navigate from work items directly to the Shop application where they can approve or reject the shopping cart. They can also shop with a limit.

Purchasing Assitant

Purchasing assistants can:

·  Shop with a limit and on behalf of other users such as managers

·  Define templates for recurring procurement processes

·  Confirm goods receipts or service entry sheets for the employees in their department

·  Enter invoices for the purchase orders associated with these purchases

·  Locally analyze shopping carts per product or cost center


Professional purchasers can:

·  Shop on behalf of other users such as managers

·  Create public and restricted bid invitations and manage the bids received

·  Create contracts and limit shopping carts

·  Process incomplete purchase orders and public templates

·  Manage business partners

·  Locally analyze shopping carts per product or cost center

Component Planner

The component planner can process maintenance and service orders or projects, and plan the materials needed for execution of these orders or projects.

External Business Partner

Vendors and service providers can enter delivery of goods or performance of services as well as invoices into your Enterprise Buyer system via an extranet. Bidders can submit bids against bid invitations.


System and application monitors are available so that system administrators can ensure the smooth running of the Enterprise Buyer applications and system availability. They also manage user master records for external business partners and internal employees, as well as processing plants and contracts for APO. They can monitor the current status of shopping carts. As a result, shopping carts that have had a particular status (for example, contains errors ) for a long time can be examined.

Content Manager

Content managers can manage products from external content providers for use in Enterprise Buyer. They do this by:

·  Importing standard product hierarchies

·  Importing and staging product data

·  Processing the imported products for the product master

·  Creating product catalogs from the product master

·  Exporting the product catalog to a purchasing catalog




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