Alibaba is Now Selling eProcurement Apps

Last year, we wrote about Alibaba partnering with Coupa in what appeared to be the Barney partnership of the year. The hookup was said to “provide Coupa customers with an easy way to find and source from suppliers on Coupa customers will have immediate, easy access to millions of additional global suppliers from”

Hmmm, well, the good news is that since anyone has immediate easy access to Alibaba and can even get funding from Lending Club and trade assurance protection from Alibaba, that was an easy partnership to execute! And since then, the crickets have been chirping (which is good luck, right?). In my book, if you’re going to do something like this, at least “punch out” to the marketplace properly. Heck, even Oracle uses cXML in its recently announced integration of its cloud eProcurement application out to an Amazon B2B site – which we wrote about here.

Anyway, to get back to the title of this article and find out all the eProcurement applications that Alibaba is selling, all you have to do is check out the Alibaba site here – but we're not entirely jesting...which is what actually scares us.

OK, given the date of this article, I have indeed 'nuanced' this topic and taken a few linguistic liberties. But seriously, is it any worse than reading Business Insider and getting baited into reading the “Top 10 Weird Life Hacks and CroNut Killers That Are Scientifically Proven to Attract Scarlett Johansson to Men?” No, it’s not, but it’s sort of hilarious not just how KCS (Krish Compusoft Services Pvt Ltd) is dominating the eProcurement segment on Alibaba, but also learning more about their solutions such as, and I kid you not on, “BidTech - eProcurement Cum Reverse Auction Solution!! Software.” I will not even touch this one with a ten-foot pole – so to speak.

Looking for eProcurement solutions on any electronic marketplace is always a fun escapade, and this includes app marketplaces. You never know what you’ll find. For example, if you're shopping for eProcurement on SAP’s App Store, you can find a nice eProcurement wrapper app like myGuidedBuy from Cordis (a vendor I mentioned here in my spirited defense of integrated P2P solutions). But better yet, for $375, you can seemingly buy yourself a single site license to SAP Spend Performance Management! I have a feeling that ‘some restrictions apply’ (although it wasn’t apparent on the site), but my bigger question is what would happen if you actually dropped it in the shopping cart and bought it?!

Since it is April 1, I double-dare any fools, er, daring souls out there to do so and report back to us.

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