Ariba LIVE 2014: Tales of the Outcome Economy

Leading companies set to share stories of success using business networks to drive innovation and results at premier commerce event beginning March 18

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – March 4, 2014 – Hold down costs. Increase efficiency and productivity. Optimize cash flow. Drive innovation. It’s a tall order. But as an increasing number of companies is finding, business networks are an effective way to fill it. On March 18, leading organizations will take to the stage at Ariba LIVE 2014, the premier business commerce event of the year hosted by Ariba, an SAP Company, and share the stories of their success leveraging the connectivity and insights of networks to take their business to new heights.

“The pressure to drive ever-increasing productivity and achieve outcomes has never been greater.” said Rachel Spasser, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Ariba. “With business networks, companies can extend their processes and insights to customers, suppliers, and other partners outside the enterprise and engage in completely new ways that drive innovation and results across their business.”

The mainstage at Ariba LIVE will be filled with examples of companies around the world that are doing just this, including:

  • Southern California Edison which is using cloud-based procurement applications and the Ariba Network to better compete, grow, drive compliance, and improve profitability in a constantly changing regulatory environment.
  • Kohl’s which is using cloud-based applications and the Ariba Network to drive new levels of process efficiency, transparency, and cost savings across its supply chain.
  • MSC Industrial Supply Co., which is using the insights and intelligence of the Ariba Network to not only win new customers and deliver greater share of wallet with existing ones, but to help its trading partners streamline their operations to increase efficiency and speed time to market.

In addition to these keynotes, Ariba LIVE will also feature more than 70 breakout sessions led by executives and practitioners from leading global companies, including:

  • ExxonMobil
  • MasterCard
  • Sears
  • Ingersoll Rand
  • SunTrust
  • Cox Enterprises
  • Caesar’s Entertainment
  • Dell
  • HP
  • Staples
  • AIG
  • Coach
  • Ulta
  • Winn-Dixie
  • JM Huber
  • Kelly Services
  • Deloitte
  • ADT
  • Cabot Corporation
  • CSC
  • GAF
  • Illinois Tool Works
  • Leidos

At the conclusion of the Las Vegas event, Ariba LIVE will head to Rome, where leading European companies will gather at the Rome Marriott Park Hotel from April 8-10 to share their insights and experiences leveraging business networks to drive innovation. Among the executives set to present on the mainstage:

  • Tim Tolhurst, CPO, DSM
  • Dr. Robert Fieten, Director of Management-Research-Team, Cologne and Member of the Board of Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik e.V.
  • Anton Heyneke, Managing Director, Sasol Shared Services
  • Jean-Pascal De Casanove, International Operations Director, Safran

The event will also feature more than 50 breakout sessions led by executives and practitioners from leading global companies, including:

  • Coca Cola Enterprises
  • Airbus
  • ASML
  • SSAB
  • Neopost
  • Banco Santander
  • Gasunie
  • Aviva
  • Albéa
  • Oriflame
  • Deloitte
  • Hawesko
  • Ringier
  • Reed Elsevier
  • Clariant

Whether buying, selling or managing cash, attendees of Ariba LIVE 2014 will gain access to insights and practical, actionable information that will help them do it more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Registration for these can’t-miss events is open now. To reserve your place, visit:

About Ariba, an SAP Company
Ariba is the world’s business commerce network. Ariba combines industry-leading cloud-based applications with the world's largest web-based trading community to help companies discover and collaborate with a global network of partners. Using the Ariba® Network, businesses of all sizes can connect to their trading partners anywhere, at any time from any application or device to buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Companies around the world use the Ariba Network to simplify inter-enterprise commerce and enhance the results that they deliver. Join them at
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