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Day two at Ariba LIVE offered lots to talk about … including tweeting about tweets. This was one of our favorite comments as the audience took their seats for the plenary session.


The morning kicked-off with a thought-provoking discussion about a critical issue impacting global brands and societies – modern-day slavery in the supply chain. Justin Dillon, founder of Made in a Free World, joined Ariba’s Chris Haydon on stage to discuss our partnership to aid companies with gaining greater visibility into their supply chains. Together, we introduced a pilot program where companies can learn about the risks of forced labor that exist in their supply chains with the help of MIAFW’s tool FRDM and market intelligence and identify new sustainable supply sources via the Ariba Network.


The session progressed from curbing slavery to new Ariba solutions and innovations. Our Chief Product Officer Sanish Mondkar revealed a substantial list of work reflecting more than 300 new features and enhancements during the past 12 months. The Twittersphere lit up with reactions from attendees as Sanish and Chris Haydon demonstrated enhancements to Ariba’s user interface.


Ariba’s new Chief Operating Officer, Marcell Vollmer, recounted SAP’s procurement transformation that he led when he served as that company’s chief procurement officer. Then Marcell was joined on stage by Alex Graff with Schweitzer Fachinformationen, a seller on the Ariba Network. Alex advocated the importance of delivering an easy, simple, and mobile shopping experience for buyers.


Closing out the session was an insightful discussion between Marcell and Auchan’s Pascal Delval. The global retailer’s mantra “No Ariba. No business.” was featured in several tweets, reflecting its simple, straightforward approach to purchasing compliance. The audience was also impressed with Auchan’s one-week Ariba deployment in China.


Ariba LIVE Twitter chatter continued throughout the day as attendees shared highlights from a variety of breakout sessions.


But our favorite tweet was posted by Jennifer Petersen, who compared the Ariba Network to bacon. In our view, it doesn’t get any better than that.


Innovation, precision, orchestrated collaboration, business networks and networking.


These were the top topics attendees discussed during our first full day at Munich.


Ariba President Alex Atzberger kicked-off the plenary session with a series of announcements that highlighted an expansion of AribaPay, a partnership with eBay for Spot Buy, and Ariba Network integration with S/4HANA. Topping the series of announcements was the introduction of Ariba’s new Chief Marketing Officer, Alicia Tillman.


Nedbank executives, Ian Fuller and Shiraz Sarang discussed procurement transformation and revealed the bank’s hybrid path to cloud with SAP, Ariba and SuccesFactors solutions. Early results impressed the audience. The transformation journey is still unfolding as Nedbank continues to pursue its ambitious goals.


A.P. Moller-Maersk Group procurement executive Henrick Larsen delivered a roadmap to procurement excellence that is powered by progressive practices, rich data, and collaboration with business units and suppliers.  Maersk’s significant use of e-sourcing and e-auctions for large CAPEX investments like container vessels and satellite equipment has delivered remarkable results.


The plenary session raced to the finish line with an engaging and insightful talk from Formula One legendary leader Mark Gallagher.  With a collection of entertaining videos, he showcased the critical orchestration between suppliers and racing teams that enable Formula One teams to successfully compete.


After a plenary session that highlighted the value of collaboration, attendees filled their day with learning, sharing and lots of networking. Our favorite trend was started by our own Alex Atzberger when he tweeted out his name badge. Attendees took notice and used the technique to fuel online and in-person connections.



The best part of Ariba LIVE is summed up in this tweet … one of our favorites!


If you’re not in Munich, be sure to watch the livestream of Day 2 on starting at 8:45 CEST / 2:45am EST.