Carl Greppin Says "Howdy!" From Ariba LIVE

We're not at Ariba LIVE this year, but we asked some of our colleagues to contribute from the event. The first guest dispatch is from Jason's former colleagues, Carl Greppin of Transpac Access. Take it away, Carl.

Ariba Live kicked off yesterday morning with a "Yee-haw" shout out from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Ariba CEO Bob Calderoni reminded the crowd that Ariba remains a leader in helping enterprises source, procure, and pay in the cloud. We're all hearing about the cloud non-stop these days. It's easy to forget that cloud or "hosted" solutions (as they were formerly known) have been the main way Ariba delivered software for years. Calderoni simplified the challenge for his company and its clients, "Make the process of buying goods and services within companies as simple as we experience on and as transparent as Facebook."

Later, Bob Woodward talked about the state of politics in the U.S. Not good at the moment according to Bob, but we will prevail in the end. Bob has some major issues with Al Gore that he needs to work on.

Scott Singer, Rio Tinto CPO, talked about the gains made by his company from launching Ariba Sourcing to Pay cloud solutions. Sounds like Ariba's recent acquisition of Quadrem was a natural fit for Rio Tinto. They were working with both companies already. Quadrem has a strong supplier network in mining and its geographic regions such as South Africa and Australia.

Tim Minahan, Ariba's Chief Marketing Officer, used the final hour of the morning to emphasize the benefits of buyer-supplier collaboration and cloud infrastructure. Tim was supported by key customers such as Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, and B&H Photo, who are clearly sold on Ariba solutions.

Sponsor companies saw a great deal of traffic at their booths during lunch, which is good because we are one (Transpac Access). Services and goods on offer range from sourcing services like ours to office suppliers, MRO supplies, computer suppliers, and many others.

-- Carl Greppin, Transpac Access

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