SAP/Ariba Content

SAP and Ariba One Year Later – Customer Q&A (Part 2) [PRO]

Today we continue our SAP/Ariba customer Q&A by delving into the following questions: What is Ariba/SAP doing with their product lines and deployment approaches in response to customer desires for choice? How does this compare to other providers, such as Oracle, and how should customers look at their actions? Will Ariba and SAP be there to support my needs three years from now? And what product areas is SAP focused on connecting to the Ariba network?

SAP and Ariba One Year Later – Customer Q&A (Part 1) [PRO]

We get a lot of questions from SAP/Ariba customers, prospects, partners, competitors, consultants, BPO partners, etc. – just about anyone that touches the Ariba or SAP sphere in the procurement area. Many of these are highly specific to certain circumstances and requirements, but others have more general applicability to Spend Matters readers from all circles. So here are a number of these questions, plus our answers and opinions. Answered in this installment: How is Ariba operating inside SAP? What is the customer perspective on the acquisition, one year out? What excites us about the combination? What are the most frequent customer questions/concerns that we hear? What approach is Ariba/SAP taking with their product lines and deployment approaches in response to customer desires for choice? How does this compare to other providers, such as Oracle, and how should customers look at their actions?

SAP and Ariba One Year Later: Research Archive and Summary Analysis [PRO]

The subject of SAP and Ariba is one we cover frequently – and one that impacts the majority of readers. If you’re looking for somewhat-complete archive of coverage pertaining to the merger, the following list is a good place to start to research both higher level questions such as pricing models and product rationalization decisions, plus some in-the-trenches content including comparative product analyses. We’ve included Spend Matters coverage first (including Plus/PRO content) as well as third-party (Forrester, Gartner, etc.) coverage.

Hubwoo: Transitioning Beyond the SAP Ecosystem [Plus+]

Hubwoo has been aggressively positioning itself as an alternative to the Ariba Business Network to existing SAP customers, and also going after different ecosystems (e.g., Microsoft). Today I’ll share a few of my thoughts on some of Hubwoo’s newer developments and how they stack up in the marketplace (especially compared to Ariba/SAP). Bottom line? Buyer requirements will vary, but competition is always a healthy thing. As such, having Hubwoo around is great for not just the SAP customers who want non-Ariba SAP applications in the cloud, but also for those customers who want to keep SAP/Ariba honest, focused on value, and open.