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

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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 “Amazon.com” 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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  1. 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

    Cheers

    Tridip

    follow me @tridipchakra and SAP_Procurement on twitter

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  2. 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

    Paul

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