Boris Becker to Serve up Inspiration at SAP Ariba Live 2016

Tennis great joins blue-chip roster of speakers set for premier global commerce event in Madrid June 13-15

PALO ALTO, Calif. – May 24, 2016 – Boris Becker knows a thing or two about transformation. And success. As one of the greatest players tennis has ever seen, he continually adapted to outmatch the competition and win at the highest level. At 17, he became the youngest and first unseeded player ever to win the Wimbledon Men’s Final.  Defying the skeptics, he successfully defended the title the very next year and then again three years later. He went on to win six Grand Slams, twice held the Davis Cup for Germany, won Olympic Gold in doubles and twice held the position of World Number One in the international rankings. Now, he is coaching Novak Djokovic, who is currently ranked the world’s number one tennis player. And on June 15, he will take to the main stage at SAP Ariba Live, the premier global commerce event, to serve up insights on how companies can think outside the lines to reinvent their businesses and deliver game-changing results.

“Success doesn’t come easy. Whether in sports or business, it takes commitment, focus and a relentless pursuit of innovation,” Becker said. “Winners aren’t afraid of change. And I am pleased to be teaming with SAP Ariba to help companies understand how they can embrace – and even drive it – to create advantage.”

Serving up Innovation

Becker joins an all-star lineup of speakers set to present at SAP Ariba Live, including many of the more than 2 million companies around the world who are using SAP Ariba Solutions to redefine the way business is done.

“SAP Ariba is the largest business-to-business network on the planet. And the companies connected to it aren’t just interested in automating the source-to-pay process or making it faster and easier to buy things,” said Paul Devlin, General Manager, SAP Ariba EMEA and MEE. “They want to operate in totally new ways that disrupt their business – and entire industries – because they know that’s where real transformation lies. SAP Ariba Live is a unique form in which they can learn to do this.” 

Something for Everyone

From procurement and finance to IT and sales, SAP Ariba Live provides executives and practitioners with access to groundbreaking strategies that enable them to simplify interactions with trading partners, make smarter business decisions and extend collaborative business processes.

  • Buyers will learn to create frictionless exchanges with key business partners to achieve sustainable savings, cut costs, and minimize supply risks.
  • Sellers will gain new insights into how they can leverage digital marketplaces to connect with new business opportunities and manage the relationships that matter to them most.
  • Finance professionals will see how they can unleash the power of digital networks to fuel a more dynamic and sustainable financial supply chain from end to end, including strategies for controlling your global spend and optimizing working capital, mitigating risk and reducing costs and improving compliance.
  • And IT leaders will get a view into technology innovations that are transforming source-to-pay and learn how to drive adoption of these solutions to maximize their investments and the value they deliver.

Registration for this can’t-miss event, which kicks off June 13 at the Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel and Conference Center, is open today. To reserve your place, visit

About SAP Ariba

SAP® Ariba® is the marketplace for digital business, creating frictionless exchanges between millions of buyers and suppliers across the entire source-to-pay process. Our market-leading solutions enable companies to simplify collaboration with their trading partners, make smarter business decisions and extend their collaborative business processes with an open technology platform. More than two million companies use SAP Ariba solutions to connect and collaborate around nearly one trillion in commerce on an annual basis. To learn more about the company’s offerings and the transformation they are driving, visit

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