Ariba Named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive Top 100 for 10th Consecutive Year

Company recognized for driving innovation and procurement transformation through world’s largest business network

Sunnyvale, CA – May 26, 2015 – For the tenth year in a row, Ariba, an SAP company, has been named to the Supply & Demand Chain Executive Top 100, an annual list that spotlights successful and innovative procurement transformation projects that deliver bottom-line value to enterprises across a range of supply chain functions. This year, Ariba was recognized for helping companies to drive a connected, efficient and collaborative procurement process - from sourcing and orders through invoice and payment - through the Ariba® Network and the cloud-based applications on it.

“The Supply Chain 100 awards recognize companies that are driving the future of supply chain activities and leveraging technology to transform procurement processes,” said Barry Hochfelder, Executive Editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The supply chain projects featured in this awards program serve as a roadmap for new opportunities to drive operational success.”

Ariba was specifically called out for its work with Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., which has implemented a range of Ariba solutions to drive a next-generation process for managing its spend and suppliers.

“Innovation, technology and improving customer experience form the basis of everything we do at Konica Minolta,” said John Thielke, Chief Financial Officer, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “Cloud and business networks are among the most innovative technologies of our day, and in embracing them, we have been able to transform procurement into an automated, efficient and collaborative process that enables us to improve our productivity and performance and ultimately, better serve our customers.”

With more than 1.8 million connected companies in 190 countries transacting over $750 billion in commerce on an annual basis, the Ariba Network is the world’s largest, most global business-to-business trading platform. Using the network, companies 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.

“Procurement is fast becoming a platform for value creation. And aided by business networks, it will continue to transform and add strategic value beyond cost reductions and processes efficiencies,” said Alex Atzberger, President, Ariba. “We are pleased to be working with innovative companies like Konica Minolta who are leading this transition and to once again be recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive for our efforts.”

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive

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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 291,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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