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If you didn’t have a chance to make it to Ariba LIVE last month, you can now view our breakout sessions online. We have uploaded all of the Ariba Discovery presentations to the Ariba Slide Share channel, where you can find main stage presentations as well as breakout sessions in other areas of interest.


We wrote about our first breakout session last week, “Overcoming Obstacles to Finding Vendors: Advanced Ariba Discovery Methods across all Spend Segments”. This week we will present our second breakout sessions is titled, “Tactical Spend? Indirect Purchase? Hear Experts’ Reasons for Choosing Ariba Discovery”. This session gives an overview of Ariba Discovery for indirect spend, best practices, and includes insight from experts including:


  • Chris Wang, Director of Marketing, Ariba Discovery, Ariba, an SAP Company
  • Steve Sinnott, Purchasing Operations Manager, Caesars Entertainment
  • Nick Matuszewski, Director of Procurement, Ulta Beauty


To view the slides click on the image below or visit the Ariba Slide Share channel.

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If you missed our breakout sessions at Ariba LIVE last month, you can now view them online. We have uploaded all presentations to the Ariba Slide Share channel, where you can also find main stage presentations.


The first of our breakout sessions is titled, “Overcoming Obstacles to Finding Vendors: Advanced Ariba Discovery Methods across all Spend Segments”. This session explores the challenges finding suppliers, overcoming obstacles with Ariba Discovery, and shares some best practices. Thank you to our wonderful panel for sharing their tips and success stories with the audience:


  • David Landsman, Senior Adoption Manager, Ariba Discovery
  • Ashley Moore, e-Sourcing Analyst, Illinois Tool Works
  • Kory Manley, Director of Strategic Sourcing, Caesars Entertainment


To view the slides click on the image below or visit the Ariba Slide Share channel.





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Machinery_273036_h_ergb_s_gl.jpgIllinois Tool Works (ITW), a multinational manufacturer of industrial products and equipment, relies on its global supplier base to produce value-added products along with outstanding customer service. But to maintain its position in the marketplace and gain a competitive advantage, ITW needed to better manage its global sourcing spend, reduce costs, and embed sourcing as a key capability.



ITW’s established a sourcing strategy that made Ariba Discovery postings a key task for all new projects, allowing for standardization and a speedy ramp up. Ariba Discovery has enabled ITW to create robust postings, which encourage suppliers to 'self-select,’ giving their sourcing professionals more time to manage their categories.



ITW has also leveraged Ariba Discovery to build a repository of potential suppliers, eliminating single-source supplier dependencies. In addition to growing their trove of new suppliers, ITW has been able to uncover previously unknown capabilities of existing suppliers; both of which add on to cost savings.



"With Ariba Discovery we can quickly find, qualify and add new suppliers to sourcing events, creating a more competitive environment." said Ashley Moore, e-Sourcing Analyst, ITW.



On March 18, ITW will discuss how it is using Ariba Discovery to enhance its supply base and in turn, reduce both costs and risk, at Ariba LIVE, the business commerce event of the year to be held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas March 17-19. ITW is part of a blue-chip roster of companies set to present at Ariba LIVE. To view additional speakers and breakout session topics, and to register, visit the Ariba LIVE website:



View the Illinois Tool Works case study or read their press release to learn more.



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If you are planning on attending Ariba LIVE, make sure to arrive early on Monday, March 17th for hands-on pre-conference training.

In session #3, titled, “Ariba Sourcing Event Management Advanced Features and Discovery,” Ariba Sourcing Pro users learn advanced functionality in order to get the most out of their Ariba Sourcing Pro module. Through a combination of lecture and demonstration, users have the opportunity to learn about these sophisticated functions. Features covered include:

  • Ariba Discovery: Learn about the benefits of Discovery, including how the matching process works and best practices on how to maximize the value of each posting.
  • Scoring in Ariba Sourcing Pro: Learn how scoring works through topics ranging from buyer setup (including weights, importance, target grade, and pre-graded vs. post-graded questions), to grading an event as a team grader, and completing the process as a project owner, using the Adjust Grade for Consensus option.
  • Data Import/Export using Excel: Save time! And learn tips and tricks for using Microsoft Excel to quickly load data into your sourcing events. Also, learn how to extract data results quickly for a side-by-side analysis of your event results.
  • Custom Offline Response Sheet: Learn how to handle events that go beyond system limitations by using this advanced method of collecting and mapping of data.
  • Sourcing Library: Standardize event content and format by taking advantage of the Sourcing Library. Learn how to add event from the library and help reduce cycle times.



Visit the Ariba LIVE Pre-Conference Training site to learn more and to register.



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Though we are only about a month in, 2014 will certainly be a memorable year, especially due to the strange weather it is giving us. As Florida and parts of the West Coast are experiencing summer temperatures in January, the rest of the country is facing record-breaking low temperatures. There are snow storms in South Carolina and fire danger and drought warnings in California. But we are in luck; Sunday February 2nd is Groundhog Day!



If you aren’t familiar with this obscure holiday based on German folklore, read on for some background and how you can use Ariba Discovery to prepare.



Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2nd. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog surfaces from its burrow on Groundhog Day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The cheeky groundhog, appropriately named Punxsutawney Phil, has starred in a 1993 movie, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, and, during Prohibition, threatened to impose 60 weeks of winter on the community if he wasn't allowed a drink.


Preparing for an Early Spring

Some recent postings on Ariba Discovery show that many people are betting on an early spring. There a plenty of posts for warm weather clothing including t-shirts, caps, skirts, and sandals. People are getting excited for outdoor activities searching for beach towels and swimwear as well as camping gear. A few sports-lovers are looking forward to spring weather, seeking tennis racquets and golf clubs. And some people are ready to relax with a cold drink from a beverage cooler and the breeze of a fan in their hair.Groundhog.jpg



Preparing for Six More Weeks of Winter

On the other hand, there have also been some recent Ariba Discovery posts from buyers betting on six more weeks of winter. They are looking for winter gear including sweaters, coats and scarves. Some people are clearly counting on more rain with posts for umbrellas and rain gutters. A few people are even banking on additional snow storms searching for road salt and gas generators. And others are content to snuggle with a warm blanket until spring finally comes.


No matter the outcome Punxsutawney Phil provides, you are sure to find anything you need, from A to Z, using Ariba Discovery. So what do you think? Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow indicating more winter weather, or will he be shadow-less predicting an early spring? Cast your vote here.




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