Ariba Network Gets Bigger, More Global

  Ariba Network Gets Bigger, More Global

   More than 1.2 million businesses connected to world’s largest web-based
   business trading community, transacting over half a trillion in commerce

Business Wire

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- December 3, 2013

Ariba, an SAP company, is set to close the books on another banner year, as
companies around the world continue to plug in to the Ariba^® Network to
enable new forms of collaboration and transform their business. More than 1.2
million companies in 190 countries are now connected to the Ariba Network. And
they’re using it to transact and collaborate around more than half a trillion
in commerce. That makes Ariba the largest and most global web-based trading
community in the world.

“Bigger isn’t always better. But when it comes to networks, size definitely
matters,” says Andrew Bartolini, Chief Research Officer for research and
advisory firm Ardent Partners.

Why? Consider Facebook. Consumers use the social network to manage their
personal connections because all of their friends are on it. When it comes to
managing commerce, companies need a similar platform that allows them to
connect and collaborate with all of their trading partners across business
processes anytime, from any device, in any part of the world.

As Bartolini notes in his recent report Selecting the Right Network, “True
business networks are many-to-many platforms that not only connect
participants through a shared infrastructure, but also enable new
collaboration and process types.” And he adds that, “Standalone supplier
portals are generally constrained from reaching an optimal level of value
unless they are connected to a business network.”

With connected members from more than 190 countries, the Ariba Network is an
open, global business network that supports the entire commerce process from
source to settle and has business logic and workflow built in, so partners can
execute collaborative processes in real-time.

“With Ariba, companies can quickly and easily connect their systems and
processes to those of their partners – regardless of the backend systems they
may be using,” says Rachel Spasser, Chief Marketing Officer, Ariba. “More
important, they can harness the power of network-derived intelligence to move
beyond simple automation and enable new processes and insights that are only
possible in a truly networked environment.”

Where the World Does Business

Companies around the globe continue to flock to the Ariba Network and leverage
the cloud-based applications delivered on it to extend their existing systems
and the value they deliver. During the third quarter of 2013, for instance,
EMC selected SAP’s cloud solutions – including offerings from Ariba and
SuccessFactors – to achieve better visibility and collaboration with its
suppliers and attract and better retain and reward employees.

HGST Inc., a Western Digital Company, selected Ariba’s Collaborative Commerce
packagealongside SAP Supply Network Collaboration to increase compliance and
controls with catalog spend and transform accounts payable processes.

And Sage Health Solutions, a small company in South Africa tapped into the
Ariba Network to manage its business with the South African government, which
uses Ariba as its procurement platform. Then it signed on to Ariba Discovery
to fuel growth among hospitals and private sector organizations. And the
results have been impressive.

According to Sage Health Solutions Marketing Director Ruwaydah Tambe, 80
percent of the company’s business now comes from Ariba. “Since we began
working with Ariba and receiving and responding to all of our tenders via
email, we have been able to grow our business from almost nothing to a
multi-million rand venture.”

As the pace of business accelerates and markets become increasingly global and
competitive, Bartolini expects more companies to join outfits like Sage Health
Solutions in embracing the Networked Economy. “In today’s business climate,
innovation and agility are how market leaders are creating and maintaining
competitive advantage,” he says. “And business networks will play an important
role in driving it.”

About Ariba, an SAP Company
Ariba is the world’s business commerce network. Ariba combines
industry-leading cloud-based applications with the world's largest web-based
trading community to help companies discover and collaborate with a global
network of partners. Using the Ariba^® Network, businesses of all sizes can
connect to their trading partners anywhere, at any time from any application
or device to buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively
than ever before. Companies around the world use the Ariba ^ Network to
simplify inter-enterprise commerce and enhance the results that they deliver.
Join them at: www.ariba.com

About SAP
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps
companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to
boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers
people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business
insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications
and services enable more than 251,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt
continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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