New Release For Ariba's Software
Ariba, Inc. announced general availability of its buy-side software. The
new release, Ariba Buyer 7.0, emphasizes internationalization and interoperability.
Ariba Buyer was previously called Ariba ORMS.
the list of new features is globalization. The software is available in
eight languages and supports and converts multiple currencies. International
companies can operate in several different currencies and use third-party
programs to calculate local taxes.
new release is also said to improve integration with other business processes
such as ERP systems. Ariba made a joint announcement with Tibco Software
that Ariba Buyer 7.0 supports what are called Ariba Integration Packs,
based on Tibco's ActiveEnterprise product. Tibco's business infrastructure
products are bundled with the new release as part of a multi-year agreement.
The partnership with Tibco was first announced late last year (see Ariba
to Leave Integration to Specialists).
also stresses that the new release has a number of usability improvements,
including enhancements to the search and reporting functions.
Ariba and Commerce One are beginning to develop look-alike buy-side applications.
With this announcement Ariba catches up with Commerce One's BuySite 6.0,
especially in internationalization and interoperability. And that level
of convergence is where we think this high-end e-procurement market is
going to settle. Although we see Commerce One stronger in building a network
of marketplaces and Ariba stronger on the buyer side, both companies are
in it for the long haul, and their basic software offerings will become
more and more similar over the next few years.
realities of the market are that MRO buying is being overshadowed by vertical
marketplaces and supply chains as the driver that determines which buy-side
software choices a company might have. Ariba recognizes this by making
it possible for Ariba Buyer users to connect to other marketplaces. This
is another trend that must accelerate, since many companies are being
forced to participate in different marketplaces by different suppliers
Clearly a user who was shying away from Ariba because of the lack of some
of these features can now take a second look. But in general there's no
real change in options here. Larger enterprises will for the most part
be choosing between Ariba and Commerce One for buy-side solutions. The
choice will increasingly depend on the advantages of belonging to one
marketplace over the other rather than on differences in the software.
companies have more choices, as a number of vendors offer powerful buy-side
solutions that connect to either Ariba's or Commerce One's marketplace
network. Of course, the smaller companies will frequently find their choices
restricted as their larger trading partners build automated supply
chains and effectively lock them into a buy-side vendor.