Fraunhofer goes SAP

Dear Business Partner,

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has introduced SAP as an ERP system throughout Germany in order to make procurement processes simpler and more efficient. The SAP Ariba system is now available to all of our business partners and makes collaboration easier.

Since January 10, 2022, we have been sending electronic orders exclusively to existing and new suppliers via the SAP Ariba network. Paper orders will no longer be sent. The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft prefers electronic invoicing, preferably via the Ariba network. Alternatively, invoices can be sent electronically by email with a PDF attachment to It should be noted that invoices without our order number will not be processed.


What are the benefits and changes for you as a supplier?

  • Order status can be tracked in real time
  • Orders can be shipped and received quickly and securely
  • Significant reduction in order errors
  • Greater transparency
  • Better visibility in the network for other potential customers


What costs will you incur?

SAP Ariba Network has two account models:

1. Standard account

Free model for exchanging essential documents. The only restrictions are that catalogs cannot be uploaded and system-to-system integration via the network is not available.

2. Enterprise account

Fee-based account (once a certain transaction volume is reached), which offers system-to-system integration as well as a catalog uploading function. With this account, the overall costs are comprised of transaction-related and subscription costs.
You can find a detailed breakdown of fees here.

If you are one of our existing suppliers, we will contact you about registering with Ariba Network and connecting to our systems (or you can contact our onboarding team directly; see below). Please provide us with the details of the contact person responsible for the registration process and, if you already have one, your Ariba ID. You will receive a guide on how to register and create an account for Ariba Network.


Are you a prospective supplier who is looking to do business with us?

Please contact our onboarding team ( and provide your contact details (company name, position, address, email address, phone number, Ariba customer number (if available)). Please use this form. You will then receive an invitation and will be able to register for Ariba Network.

You can also find more information by clicking on the following link:
Fraunhofer Supplier Information Portal (


We look forward to continuing our successful business relationship with you.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Fraunhofer onboarding project team at the following email address: