SAP acquired spend management and business commerce solution provider Ariba in 2012 for strategic reasons, and has since been investing in Ariba with a longer-term view—especially with regards to power of the business commerce network (SAP is even an Ariba user itself). We recently looked at the happenings at the recent Ariba Live 2014 user conference, and here we’ll focus on how SAP and Ariba have been meshing together to mutual benefit.
LIVE 2014 conference, either about integrating Ariba to SAP PLM or other PLM offerings, but we should probably expect that down the track, as Ariba expands into more categories and direct materials. SAP and Ariba are not the only game in town, at least not with IBM’s Smarter Commerce (market, sell, buy, and service) offering, which former Sterling Commerce and Emptoris (Ariba’s longstanding #1 foe) are now part of, around. Coupa Software is a close partner with IBM for e-procurement needs, and