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#SAPPHIRENOW May Be Over, But the Business Networks Discussion Continues at #AribaLIVE in Berlin

With over 20,000 on-site attendees and thousands more virtual participants, SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando delivered big insights and generated countless conversations.

If you caught Bob Calderoni’s talk or stopped by the Business Networks campus, you know that business networks are driving a fundamental shift in business that enables companies to reap greater productivity, collaboration and savings.

The Ariba team is in Berlin this week to showcase powerful stories from our customers about the success they are achieving through business networks.

Whether you’re in Berlin or Brisbane, join the discussions via the #AribaLIVE Twitter hashtag. Follow @Ariba for live tweets from the mainstage talks in English or @sapinfo_de for live tweets in German.

Here’s an overview of the mainstage speakers and their stories:

Robert McCartney, EADS

Tight collaboration within its supply chain is critical for EADS. Mr. McCartney will showcase how e-invoicing has improved visibility into cash flow, reduced costs and improved the financial viability of its suppliers.

Dr. Marcell Vollmer, SAP

Within a few short months, SAP leveraged Ariba solutions and the business network to extended process automation within its supply chain. Dr. Vollmer will talk about how these efforts enable SAP to drive greater collaboration with its suppliers while reducing paper and manual processes.

Peter Hobday, Atos SE

Standardizing and simplifying P2P processes has been a key focus at Atos SE since its acquisition of Siemens IT Services in 2011. Mr. Hobday will review how Atos SE is leveraging cloud-based solutions to extend the value of its SAP suite and its plans to use business networks to drive further P2P automation.

Robert Craft, IATA

IATA, the trade association representing some 240 of the world’s airlines, has focused much of its efforts on making the air travel industry more efficient. Mr. Craft will discuss how industry standards and e-invoicing enable the airline industry to work more efficiently and manage cash better through turbulent times.

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