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Ariba and SAP: Procurement Dream Team, Competitors Nightmare

It’s official.  Ariba and SAP have teamed up to take over the world.  Cue Dr. Evil, “Muahahahah“. 


Well, maybe not the world, but pretty close to it. Here are some key takeaways on one of the biggest acquisitions in SAP’s history. 

  • Power in numbers.  Both SAP and Ariba already have MASSIVE traction in the procurement line of business.  SAP’s 190,000+ customers already drive 63% of the worlds global transactions.  Match that with Ariba’s 5+ million customers and 730,000 company supply newtwork and you’ve got a pretty serious user base. 
  • It’s all about the Network.  Or as I like to call it, the “” of the B2B community.  This is more than just a registry of suppliers, this is a global marketplace.  The Ariba Network is home to over 730,000 suppliers both big and small.  That’s right, 730,000, with a new supplier being added every 8 and a half minutes.  That amounts to around $300 billion dollars a year in transactions.  The Network allows you to buy, sell, manage, and interact effortlessly with your supply base.  If it seems like the perfect addition to your SRM/Operational Procurement environment, thats becuase it is.  Now SAP customers can utilize the Ariba Network together with their On-Premise solutions.  It truly is the best of both worlds.  
  • Solutions On-Demand and On-Premise. SAP will now be able to offer procurement solutions behind a companies firewall as well as in the cloud.  The choice is up to our customers.  Both companies offer a suite of products that enable the complete end to end source-to-pay process.  Pick the roll-out menthodology that works best for your organization. 

The combination of SAP and Ariba allows us to offer the most comprehensive, end-to-end spend management portfolio,from spend analysis, to sourcing and contract management and procure-to-pay, across all consumption models – running in the cloud or on premise, and on any device.

So now I’d like to ask you, what are your thoughts?Ariba.png

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      Author's profile photo Tridip Chakraborthy
      Tridip Chakraborthy

      Hi Zachary Tullis

      thanks for writing a crisp effective blog and with such expression, it was a teaser for all & more importantly for the competition

      Am sure the future is ours +1



      follow me @tridipchakra and SAP_Procurement on twitter

      Author's profile photo Paul Hardy
      Paul Hardy

      This weekend I will be posting a blog about my experiences over the last month or so connecting my companies SAP system to the Ariba network.

      I will go into great detail, but in essence it has been agony every step of the way.

      It works now, at least in development, and I learned a hell of a lot about how the Ariba network works, and even about how PI works.

      So i will shortly share this knowledge with the world so no-one else has to go through what we had to go through.

      Cheersy Cheers


      Author's profile photo Tridip Chakraborthy
      Tridip Chakraborthy

      Hi Paul,

      Have you posted your experiences yet?

      Pls do so, it would help many