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Ariba heads for the clouds!

Ariba Revolutionizes Business Commerce -- Ariba announces the launch of the Ariba(R) Commerce Cloud, a unique web-based platform that enables companies to buy, sell and manage cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before.

First and foremost, the cloud is good marketing more than anything else -- a perfect spin on Ariba's existing strategy and solutions which play right into it. But for us, it's the working capital side that's truly interesting (more on that later). Perhaps more important, the question is how well "the cloud" will work when it comes to getting the point across to procurement types -- one women at LIVE asked someone at the event if she could buy "the cloud". Hmmm ... better package that one up, Tim. You've got a live one at 30,000 feet ... (hat-tip: Pierre Mitchell)

Speaking of clouds -- Shameless at 35,000 feet

Boeing Says EADS Tanker Would Pose Security Risk -- Boeing Co., competing for a $35 billion contract to supply aerial refueling tankers to the U.S. Air Force, said a bid from European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. may pose a national security risk.

Ironic that Boeing is playing the supply risk card when it comes to competitive waters given how bad they've been at managing risk within their own 787 supply chain.

One creepy garage sale...

Uncle Sam is having a clearance sale, and it's heavy on genuine cobra-skin boots. Also, python boots. Ostrich boots. And stylish footwear made from lizard, eel and kangaroo. They all have to go as the federal government cleans out the National Wildlife Property Repository, a vast warehouse crammed with 1.5 million miscellaneous items containing bits of creatures great and small.

File this in the spend wisely (and creatively) category...whatever suits your fancy, I suppose.

Intel In the Line of Fire Over Use of Conflict Minerals

We've talked about "blood minerals" before, but Lisa did some really interesting in-depth research on the US State Department's proposed ban on using tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold originating from the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Read her three-part series below:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Sheena Moore (and Jason Busch, AKA "cloud groupie")

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