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Introduction

The SAP Ariba Network development strategy is to enhance innovation through an open partner ecosystem.

Highlights

  • SAP Ariba continues to grow and is the largest commerce network in the world.
  • An open ecosystem play will drive innovation, increasing the value of SAP Ariba and the Ariba Network.
  • Procurement teams have a vital role to play in continuous innovation.

Features and Benefits

  • Discusses how competing for customers is increasingly about developing innovation ecosystems and shows how the Ariba Network offers the opportunity to find the right innovation partners anywhere in the world.
  • Provides insights on how procurement professionals can add considerable value to the enterprise beyond cost control and sourcing and the part that the Ariba Network can play.

Key questions answered

  • How is the Ariba Network developing?
  • What role should procurement play in innovation and how does the Ariba Network help?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for SAP Ariba

SAP Ariba continues to grow and is the largest commerce network in the world

  • Bigger than Alibaba, Amazon, and eBay combined
  • Intelligent automation and an improved experience for users contribute to operational efficiency

An open ecosystem play will drive innovation, increasing the value of SAP Ariba and the Ariba Network

  • SAP Ariba's own innovations

Procurement teams have a vital role to play in continuous innovation

  • The greater strategic role of procurement must also extend to support continuous innovation in customer companies

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author