I’m a couple of days late linking to Aberdeen’s analysis of Ariba Live. It's certainly the most complete analyst write-up out there, and I commend Tim and Kevin for their commitment to analyzing the event.
Many analyst firms often give lip service to vendor conferences out of a perceived obligation to attend their patron's shindigs. But in the case of Ariba Live, Aberdeen is clearly out in front providing the type of coverage and analysis of vendor events that the market needs. Lip service this write-up is not!
I could debate a few of the points Tim and Kevin make (e.g., whether Ariba really will be the next big services company -- or if they even want to be) but that's a discussion for another time.