Ariba Expands Reach of Network
Spend management software developer Ariba Inc. has made a name for itself with its Supplier Network.Spend management software developer Ariba Inc. has made a name for itself with its Supplier Network, an e-business hub that has 110,000 buyers and suppliers electronically transacting business. Now the company is taking the network mainstream. Ariba will announce at its Live user conference in Orlando, Fla., this week that under its Supplier Connectivity Program, the ASN (Ariba Supplier Network) will be decoupled from the Ariba Buyer suite and be available to any company wishing to set up a supplier network. The stand-alone ASN offering is geared to ERP (enterprise resource planning) users.
"We get the most requests from SAP [AG] users, but Oracle [Corp. users] as well," said Michael Schmitt, executive vice president of strategy at Ariba, in Sunnyvale, Calif. "SAP, like most ERP vendors, takes a very internal view of transactional processes, whereas spend management takes an enterprise view. Our hallmark has been our network and leveraging the Internet to help buyers and suppliers improve [buying] processes."