At SAP TechEd / Sapphire in Madrid today I bumped into an old friend of mine Achim Voermanek who used to work for SAP before he joined Ariba .
Big hello and “What are you doing here?”
Turns out he is back at Ariba and will be at their booth in Hall 10 or was it Hall 8?
He said: “Oh, you are doing the SAP Mentor stuff? You have to meet Joe Fox VP of Marketing and Strategy at Ariba, we talked about you just the other day.”
Joe: “So great to meet you. When the merger talks of Ariba and SAP started, I joined the SAP Mentor Monday call and it was amazing the frank and down to earth conversation that you were having during that call. I mean I only was on it as a guest, but I really liked it.”
I had totally forgotten that we once covered that topic on one of our SAP Mentor Monday Monthly calls, but once he mentioned it I remembered.
Once the merger plans were announced because of SCC rules SAP employees were barred from talking about it, but I realized, that as long as I don’t chime in, the SAP Mentors can speculate until the down of the days about what it means that Ariba is getting bought by SAP, and so we did. Frank direct analysis by Tridip Chakraborthy our resident SCM mentor, Jon Reed and others. We may dig up the recording.
It was really amazing to listen to the knowldgable folks in the trenches talking about possible future scenarios in that space. Really clarified things and opened my eyes into that area of the SAP business.
Another example of the power of the SAP Mentors: Trusted advisers that make sense of the latest SAP acquisitions.
Great start into this week in Madrid.