I liked the details, quotes and numbers that Geraint John disclosed in his feature this morning on the opening up of Ariba’s Supplier Network. On the same subject, if you're a Forrester subscriber, you can also read Andrew Bartels' take on the announcement here.
Clearly, this announcement at LIVE marked a change in strategy for Ariba. But will the move pay off for the vendor? Only time will tell. But the movement to open supplier networks benefits buyers and suppliers alike by providing greater flexibility, regardless of underlying platform or system selection. If you're interested in learning more about supplier, catalog and content management, read our two recent blogs on the subject, here and here