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.
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powered by SAP HANA, companies can analyze more spend data more quickly than ever before. With SAP HANA, data loads 20 times faster and is immediately accessible once a sourcing project, contract, or invoice is initiated. Companies can perform more complex analyses based on an expanded set of variables, including cost centers, purchase price variances, and micro regions, and receive results in real time. Other contributions by SAP have been SAP Cloud for Travel & Expenses (making Ariba competitive