Beware Ariba’s Patent Treasure Chest (Part 5): Analysis of a Recently Awarded Patent [Plus+]

Has Ariba built a solid brick wall of IP gold or is it all just so much legal papier-mâché to scare us off? Huff and puff – will it hold? If so, will it be used to drive other solution providers into the wall? Back in May 2012, when the acquisition took place, we didn’t think SAP bought Ariba for their technology. Well, we still don’t think so, and we went on record stating that it was really for their network approach – it obviously can’t hurt if you can find a model to propel yourself to SaaS multiplier heights.

In Part 5 of this multi-part Spend Matters Plus series on Ariba’s patent portfolio, Thomas Kase (VP of research) will look at one of Ariba’s most recent patents, one that was awarded just two weeks ago. This patent covers a way to use structured content from another site (i.e. a supplier of something) in another solution (e.g. e-procurement solution – something with a supplier network perhaps) to avoid stale content.

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Microsoft Azure Outage – 5 Things You Should Know About Cloud SLAs

- August 20, 2014 2:18 PM | Categories: Cloud, Guest Post, Industry News

On Monday, Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing services suffered an outage that lasted approximately five hours. The disruption was one of the most severe Azure outages in history, affecting multiple data centers and customers across the globe. So, what happens if you’re one of those affected customers? Or, if you’re considering a move to Microsoft Azure or another cloud computing service? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

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