As SAP unifies its cloud portfolio around HANA I have been attempting to put together different pieces of the puzzle together in my free-time. This time I thought something on Ariba would be fitting. After all spending over $4 Billion for this acquisition better mean something significant 🙂
So what is Ariba?
Ariba is a cloud-based B2B enterprise business commerce solutions provider. Ariba is considered the leader in Enterprise Spend Management (ESM). ESM basically encompasses analysis, sourcing, buying, contracting, invoicing, and managing of the workforce.
SAP is already in the procurement and supply-chain game. So why invest in Ariba with which it has various similar modules?
Over the past few months it has become increasingly clear there are two reasons –
1) As part of SAP’s Cloud Strategy
2) Ariba’s Network
What Ariba brings to SAP