By now, many of you have probably seen the news that SAP and Ariba have announced a partnership agreement. According to the Red Herring article, "Although it is also a SAP competitor, Ariba has partnered with SAP to integrate its suite of applications with Ariba's supplier network so other SAP customers can access Ariba’s products." Earlier this year, I spoke with Manfred Heil, SVP of SRM at SAP, about his perspective on the Spend Management market. You can read his thoughts here and here. While I'm running out of the door shortly -- hence the short post -- the Ariba / SAP alliance is something that I'll continue to explore later this week.