A profile is how TYS collects and groups your data to present to a buyer. This is most easily visualized from the "Review and Publish" screen of "Your Profile" in the TYS application. All firmographic and questionnaire information is included. The profile is necessarily specific to the business and country it is being operated in, and TYS is designed to accommodate organizations with multi-entity relationships, subsidiaries, parent companies, and a multi-national presence. Companies like this typically require multiple profiles for each country or entity. Each of these profiles is included in the cost of your subscription, so you can create as many as needed at no additional cost.
The core of the TYS network is the relationship between buyers and suppliers. We refer to this relationship as a “connection”. A connection is formed when a buyer (typically a procurement organization) extends an invitation to a supplier and the supplier accepts this invitation. The act of acceptance informs TYS that a connection between the two parties has been made. Suppliers can (and should) connect to many buyers as this enhances the value to the supplier.
Each time you connect to a buyer (via the “Accept Invitation” function), you initiate a connection that adds on to your connection count. Many organizations have multiple profiles, so keep in mind that any connection from any of your profiles contributes to your overall connection count. Subscriptions are charged at the company level, not the entity level. While different supplier profiles may need to be set up for each legal entity, they do not incur an additional fee. Suppliers can connect/build these themselves through the use of the TYS corporate relationships function, or have the entity at the country-level invite them. It may be more efficient to connect internally via the corporate relationship function. See the “Corporate Relationship” section in the supplier manual for more details or visit corporate relationships to learn more.
No, you do not. If one member of a corporate group purchases a TYS subscription, that subscription is shared with all members within the corporate group. There is no need for another member to buy a second subscription. For more information, visit corporate relationships.
Suppliers invited to TYS by one of our Governance Board or Founding members will get their first connection free of charge to that particular buyer. Additional connections incur a fee, regardless of governance or founding status of buyer. Once you have made a first connection, the discount cannot be transferred to another connection. Click here for a list of our Governance Board & Founding members.
Payment can be made by credit card for immediate payment or by using our Bill Me option, which generates an invoice with payment terms of net 30 days.
“TYS allows eCommQuest to set up one single, global identity that gives us accessibility to not just IBM’s buying community, but to the buying community of some of the most recognized brands in the world.”
John O’Donnell, eCommQuest
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