Ariba Delivers Future of Commerce

Company creates total user experience that is personal, contextual and mobile to simplify collaboration and enhance decision-making for buyers, sellers, and partners

LAS VEGAS, NV, April 9, 2015 – Consumer technologies and social networks have made it easier than ever for us to shop, share and consume. Companies want this same simplicity. And Ariba, an SAP Company, is delivering it. The company today announced innovations to its cloud-based applications and global business network designed to deliver a personal, contextual and mobile user experience that enables businesses to run with greater simplicity and efficiency than ever before. The enhancements were unveiled during Ariba LIVE, the business commerce event of the year being held at The Venetian Las Vegas.

“We live in a digital world and are more connected and empowered by information than ever. And this has created an entirely new set of expectations for what business software should do,” said Sanish Mondkar, Chief Product Officer, Ariba. “Just like the technologies we use in our personal lives, we expect our business software to simplify the way we work. To guide our decisions and trigger real-time actions within the context of our business process so that we can streamline how we discover, connect and collaborate with our trading partners and improve how we buy, sell and manage our cash. The innovations that we are unveiling today are uniquely designed to deliver all of this and more.”

A Total User Experience

Today’s employees want to be able manage work activities with the same ease that they manage their personal lives, and through a newly designed Ariba user interface (UI), they can. Inspired by SAP® Fiori, Ariba has renewed its UI to deliver a highly intuitive experience that dramatically simplifies task and process execution for all users – from frontline requisitioners to strategic sourcing professionals.

But it takes more than a pretty face to overcome today’s business commerce challenges. That’s why Ariba delivers a total user experience that includes:

  • Powerful, scalable, and secure network-centric solutions that are simple to use
  • Built-in access to the largest global community of buyers and suppliers—and their expertise
  • Relevant information automatically delivered in the context of key business processes
  • Fast and easy trading partner onboarding
  • Adoption services
  • 24X7 global, multi-lingual support

Ariba Anywhere

Whether they are technicians on the plant floor, service agents in the field, or sales people at client meetings, employees must be empowered to do their jobs anytime, anywhere, on any device. And through new apps like Ariba Mobile, they can be. Delivered as a feature of Ariba’s procurement solutions and available for download through Apple App Store and Google Play, Ariba Mobile works in all the places people work and provides a fast, easy and intuitive way to conduct business commerce on the go.

Using the app, users can quickly and easily view, track, and act on requisitions from their mobile devices, transforming the speed and efficiency with which work gets done. And, because Ariba’s approach is not just about replicating existing user interactions onto mobile devices, but providing continuity between desktop interactions and working outside the office, they can enable new, more efficient and effective processes.

“The Ariba Mobile app provides our requisition approvers with easy access to requisitions anywhere, anytime and gives them the information they need to make spend decisions while keeping up with global demand,” said Alice Hillary, P2P Enablement Lead, Wiley. “Using the app, approvers can view their requests in a sleek interface and access details in an easier –to- read format than general emails. The feature has also helped us to address security concerns with approvals done through email.” 

Information Delivered When and Where It’s Needed

Today’s users expect their apps to deliver relevant information when and where they need it to make better, more informed business decisions and act on them. The Ariba Network is an intelligent network that automatically delivers the right expertise, community-generated content and interactive support material at the right tim. So whether finding a new, quality source of supply, optimizing cash flow or qualifying new business opportunities and determining how best to win them, buyers and sellers can do so in more informed ways.

And as part of planned innovations, Ariba will provide access to templates, best practices, videos and more within many of its applications, beginning with its Seller solutions. Users will also be able tap directly into the Ariba Exchange Community, enabling collaboration within the context of their apps with professionals who have the expertise, experience and knowledge to help them execute a process such as responding to an RFP or creatng an auction.

“The future of business commerce is collaborative, effficient and informed. And with the functional enhancements Ariba is making across its solutions, we are delivering it today,” Mondkar said.”

To learn more the Ariba’s solutions and the value they can deliver, visit: www.ariba.com

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 282,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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