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Free! (Look for our thoughts early tomorrow morning).
Ariba Levels Playing Field with Free Sourcing Solution -- Faster, smarter sourcing decisions and the savings and efficiencies that come with them are no longer the exclusive domain of large corporations. Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA), the leading provider of collaborative business commerce solutions, has officially leveled the playing field, announcing today that Ariba® StartSourcing™ is now available at no cost. Delivered on-demand in the Ariba Commerce Cloud, Ariba StartSourcing is a unique offering designed to help small and medium enterprises boost their performance and profits by more efficiently and effectively locating trading partners and negotiating for the goods and services needed to fuel their operations.

Complex licensing for SAP shops.
Cloud Increases Licensing Complexity, Warns SAP User Group -- The move to cloud computing is creating headaches for SAP users, who are struggling to get their heads around the complex licensing structure that a hybrid environment entails. This was the message from Alan Bowling, chairman of the UK & Ireland SAP User Group, speaking at a conference in Birmingham today. Bowling said users want greater clarity around pricing and licensing from SAP, as trends like virtualisation and cloud computing create added complexity.

Put a lid on it!
Putting a lid on procurement fraud will help the economy -- Procurement fraud can be easy to commit and many instances have been documented, but it can have serious consequences. At the beginning of November, the National Fraud Authority produced a report on UK public sector procurement fraud, which concluded that fraud was likely to amount to 1% of total procurement spend – £2.4bn a year. Evidence for this figure was rather limited and based partly on Ministry of Defence estimates. However, although the amount of fraud is difficult to determine, we know it exists because there have been several prosecutions for fraud relating to public sector procurement in recent years.

Here's one I haven't heard before.
Angry India charmer lets loose snakes in office -- An angry snakecharmer in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has let loose dozens of snakes in a government office, sparking chaos and panic. Hakkul, of Lara village in Basti district, dumped the snakes, including a number of cobras, at the land revenue office in Harraiya town on Tuesday. Many of the frightened villagers and officials ran out of the office, while others climbed on top of tables. No-one was bitten or injured but the snakes are yet to be caught.

Sheena Moore

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