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Ariba Hopes to Spark Chain Reaction
Two recent partnership announcements, with InterWorld and Siebel, reveal how E-procurement wunderkind Ariba thinks about the future of electronic purchasing.

factor word problems  for their products. One factor that will lead to success is being there first. A second is the ability of the network to attract other buyers and sellers, A third is the degree to which the purchasing system ties into other back end systems, such as Financial, ERP, and Supply Chain applications. Both the Siebel and InterWorld arrangements promise such integration. Another advantage of the Siebel arrangement is Siebel's strong reputation and offering in the category of Front Desk software, software that

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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