Ariba Levels Playing Field with Free Sourcing Solution

Company makes industry-leading on-demand technology available at no cost to help small and medium enterprises boost performance and profits

SUNNYVALE, Calif., November 28, 2011 – Faster, smarter sourcing decisions and the savings and efficiencies that come with them are no longer the exclusive domain of large corporations. Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA), the leading provider of collaborative business commerce solutions, has officially leveled the playing field, announcing today that Ariba® StartSourcing is now available at no cost. Delivered on-demand in the Ariba Commerce Cloud, Ariba StartSourcing is a unique offering designed to help small and medium enterprises boost their performance and profits by more efficiently and effectively locating trading partners and negotiating for the goods and services needed to fuel their operations.

“eSourcing has been shown to be one of the most effective tools to drive costs out and improve operating efficiencies. By offering their solution for free, Ariba is providing smaller enterprises with great access to one of the most proven and effective tools in the industry,” said Andrew Bartolini, Managing Partner and Chief Research Officer, Ardent Partners.

Sourcing Made Simple in the Cloud

With the click of a button, mid-market companies can access Ariba StartSourcing and tap into everything needed to structure and execute sourcing events that increase savings, shore up supply, and improve performance through an easy-to-use interface at no cost, including tools for:

  • RFX creation and management
  • Auctions, competitive bidding and timing
  • Communications and messaging
  • Sourcing reporting
  • Global and multi-lingual capabilities
  • Web-based buyer and supplier training and online tutorials

They can also access Ariba Discovery, a next-generation business matching service through which buyers can quickly identify and qualify trading partners from a global community of over 700,000 selling organizations and sellers can access new business opportunities with Global 2000 buyers in active purchasing cycles.

“Better commerce is for everyone,” says Tim Minahan, Chief Marketing Officer, Ariba. “With the enterprise-class functionality delivered in Ariba StartSourcing, companies of all sizes can more efficiently connect with their trading partners around the world and negotiate best-value agreements that improve their cost structures and competitive position.”


Ariba StartSourcing is available at no cost and can be accessed by visiting:

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Ariba, Inc. is the leading provider of collaborative business commerce solutions. Ariba combines industry-leading technology with the world's largest web-based trading community to help companies discover, connect and collaborate with a global network of partners – all in a cloud-based environment. Using the Ariba® Commerce Cloud, businesses of all sizes can buy, sell and manage cash more efficiently and effectively. Over #application.suppliers_count# around the globe use the Ariba Commerce Cloud to simplify inter-enterprise commerce and enhance results. Why not join them? To get on the path to Better Commerce visit:
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