Coming Soon to a Microsoft Office 365 Near You: SAP Ariba

Cloud giants to link applications, enabling a simple, more collaborative procurement process for companies large and small

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 17, 2016 –SAP Ariba and Microsoft mean business in the cloud. The companies today announced plans to integrate SAP Ariba’s procurement solutions with Microsoft Office 365 and drive a seamless experience that will enable companies to manage the source-to-pay process in a more simple and collaborative manner than ever before.

“Today’s professionals have little tolerance for complexity,” said Alex Atzberger, President, SAP Ariba. “They expect technology to make things easy and want to work in the applications where they live without having to switch between them to get things done. Together with Microsoft, we can deliver on these expectations and enable our customers to operate with the simplicity and speed their businesses demand.”

Simple

How many times have you received a question on an invoice from a partner without any documentation? Or been asked to create a contract for goods and services without any guidance? You probably spent the better part of a day searching for information. And then another few days mired in emails and phone calls.

Wouldn’t it be great if with a few clicks you could create, share and collaborate around procurement-related documents using the applications of your choice in real time? With the planned integration of SAP Ariba’s cloud applications and Microsoft Office 365, you’ll be able to do just this.

Smart

For instance, when purchasing goods and services through SAP Ariba where a Statement of Work is required, you can automatically access the Microsoft Office 365 suite and be guided to a template for creating it using Microsoft Word. Ditto for contracts. As you work on the documents, you can collaborate with multiple parties in real time from any device.

Open

When accounts payable receives a question on an invoice, direct voice communication can be initiated via Skype within SAP Ariba, enabling live collaboration and faster resolution of any issues between buyers and sellers.

“Business today is fast moving to the cloud,” Atzberger said. “And SAP Ariba and Microsoft will meet them there with consumer simple, enterprise strong solutions that remove complexity and help them run simple.”

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 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 approximately 300,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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