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AribaLIVE 2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 1
A recent blog post talked about my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event and outlined the main premise of the event: Ariba has become a public cloud

Y Part 1  2012: What Was Jolly Good (and What Could Improve) - Part 1 A recent blog post talked about my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event and outlined the main premise of the event: Ariba has become a public cloud commerce network provider first and foremost , while also offering additional related  spend management  software as required. The vendor is striving to become a  business-to-business (B2B)  commerce version of Amazon.com and eBay  to enable painless transactions by providing a

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