The current size limit is 4 MB for attachments in ARIBA (Catalog, Non-Catalog, BPO, Non-PO Invoice, etc.)
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Several years ago based on campus user requirements, we created a customization to ARIBA to include the Date Attached timestamp field because the out-of-the box software did not have a field that recorded when an attachment was added.
In release 9r2, ARIBA added the Date Created field for attachments, so currently there are 2 dates for attachments:
- Date Attached – UW Customization
- Date Created – ARIBA 9r2 Enhancement
In a future release of the ARIBA system, we will be removing the Date Attached customized field and keeping the ARIBA Date Created field.
The following document types may be attached in ARIBA:
txt, csv, xls, xlsx, doc, docx, dotx, potx, ppt, pptx, ppsx, sldx, xltx, pdf, ps, rtf, htm, html, xml, jpeg, jpg, bmp, gif, png, zip
Most Exception Items may now be ordered through ARIBA. For more information, see the Exception Item list.
Comments and attachments can be deleted while the document (requisition, Non-PO, etc.) is in Composing status. This applies to Requisitions, Expense Reports, Reimbursements, Payments to Individuals (P2I) and Non-PO Invoices. When a document is withdrawn after being submitted, the status returns to Composing, and the attachments can then be deleted. Attachments cannot be deleted if the document is in a status other than Composing.
Once you click on Split Accounting, a new page will appear allowing you to add a second budget. To the right of the Add Items tab, you’ll see a drop down menu that says "Split By:" where you can choose percentage, amount or quantity.
ARIBA calculates the tax rate based on the ship-to address. If the ship-to address is in Seattle, WA, it will match the tax on the invoice to that rate.
The denial in Ariba will be accompanied by a comment giving instructions on how to move forward. Once you have completed those steps outlined in the comment, Edit the requisition and Submit.
If a Central Receiver is added to the organization in ASTRA, they will begin receiving notifications when a receipt is created and be able to receive on a BPO the day after the role assignment in ASTRA.
When a BPO is created, the first receipt (RCxxxxxx) is also created at that time, and the receipt is thus able to be accessed for receiving only by those that have receiving ability when that receipt was created. Since only the Preparer and Contact (Requester) have the receiving ability automatically for BPOs, these are the people who will receive on the BPO.
If a BPO is created, and later a Central Receiver is assigned in ASTRA, the Central Receiver will not have access to receipts prior to their activation date. They will only have the receiving ability for receipts created the day after the role is assigned in ASTRA.
Please visit the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) webpage about outgoing subawards, which contains guidance on initiating subaward BPOs.
Non-Catalog Orders and BPOs use the same approval process as eProcurement catalog orders. When you assign a budget number to an item, then the Approvers and Watchers will be added based on the eProcurement ASTRA roles that are in effect for the budgets/organizations involved.
If you need to change your budget number, budget distribution, or PCA codes on a current ARIBA Catalog or Non-Catalog order, you can do so by filling out the Change/Close Order Request form.
Both the preparer and requester will be copied on the email that is sent to the supplier. The email will include a PDF version of the EI as an attachment. In addition, if you have attached a quote and marked it Visible to Supplier, the quote will also be attached to the email that is sent. Even though we recommend using an email instead of fax number, if you must use a fax number, a copy of the EI and any attachments marked as Visible to Supplier will be faxed.
Yes, BPO and Non-Catalog Ordering allow users to place orders with foreign suppliers.
If you need to change your budget number, budget distribution, or PCA codes on a current ARIBA Catalog or Non-Catalog order, you can do so by filling out the Change/Close Order Request form. If you need to change information on a current Blanket Purchase Order, visit the Changing or Closing Blanket Purchase Orders (BPO) page for instructions.
If you cannot select or find your preferred supplier, please visit the ARIBA Buying Portal. There are links to common questions and requests in its Help section.
Yes, you can use ARIBA BPO for M&E orders
- Select Preferences from the command bar.
- Select Change your profile from the options provided.
- Click on the link for Step 2 Account/Ship in the left panel.
- To set a default Budget Number, click the down arrow to the right of the Budget Number field and select “Search for more…”.
- Enter the Budget Number (with no dashes) in the search field and click Search. (Alternatively, you can click the down arrow on the field to select Name if you prefer to search by the name of the budget.)
- Click the Select button to choose the default Budget Number.
- To set a default Ship To, click the down arrow to the right of the Ship To field and select “Search for more…”.
- Enter part of the address (e.g., street name or address number) into the search field and click Search.
- Click the Select button for the address you wish to set as your default shipping location.
- Click Next.
- Type in an option internal comment.
- Click Next.
- Click Next.
- Click Submit to submit the change. Note: There is no approval required for this change.
Occasionally users will attempt to log into ARIBA too many times with incorrect information. When this happens, you will see the screenshot below, which includes the message "Maximum login attempts exceeded. Account for user [UWNetID] has been disabled. Contact your administrator for assistance."
To have your account unlocked:
- Take a screenshot of the lockout page
- In an email, attach the screenshot and request for your account to be unlocked. Include your Name and UW NetID
- Subject Line of the email must be: ARIBA Lockout
- Send the email to: PCSHelp@uw.edu
The error that shows on a requisition as "The line item contains one or more invalid flields" is most likely due to the Description of the line item. If the Description on a line item is more than 240 characters, it will trigger an error to the preparer, but many times the preparer can't figure out why.
To resolve: Click on the Approval Flow tab. Instead of the normal approval flow, you will see an error that says "The approval flow cannot be displayed because the Ariba system found the following error or missing fields." Below that, the line item with the description causing the error will be listed, along with a better description of the error. Here is an example: "Line Item 1, Description: Full Description can be no longer than 240 characters." The preparer must edit the description down to 240 characters or less in order to submit the request.
To set-up frequency of email notifications:
- Login to ARIBA
- Select Preferences from the command bar.
- Select Change email notification preferences from the options provided.
- Click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Edit preferences for: field and select the document type.
- Under Notification method, you can choose the method based upon being an approver or watcher. Select the option you prefer. You have a choice of Send email immediately or Send email summary. Your choice specifies whether to receive each request as it is generated or receive all requests at once in a daily bath email, respectively.
- Under Notification frequency, set the following:
7. When you are finished making your selections, make sure to click Save to save your changes
There is a 4 MB per document limitation and an overall 10MB per CR or BPO. You can have multiple attachments as long as you don’t go over 10MB. Once you hit this limit the system will not send the attachment over the network. When scanning a document to attach to a BPO, be mindful of the image resolution and document size you use.
The valid file types are: txt, csv, xls, xlsx, doc, docx, dotx, potx, ppt, pptx, ppsx, sldx, xltx, pdf, ps, rtf, htm, html, xml, jpeg, jpg, bmp, gif, png, zip .