I am an Ariba customer and am currently trying pitch my business case to senior management and justify the need for my team to attend Ariba LIVE 2013.
I am struggling to find information to help as I have found the Ariba LIVE website light on detail. With this in mind, and with what little I know of the conference, I am concerned that it is heavily supplier focussed. Has anyone been to previous Ariba LIVE events as a customer and found it of value? If so, in what way?
I attended last year, as an Ariba "on demand" user and found the value was in talking to existing and new customers a huge amount of feedback and experience that not only provided us with some ideas and ways to improve how we were using the system, but also to find out if we were doing things better than others, a sort of quasi benchmarking. If you look up AribaLive 2012 on youtube, you may find several of the sessions on there and make a decision.
Extreamly valuable session. Here is some verbage you can place in your request. Hope it helps.
The Spend Management Initiative is one of the key initiatives across ABC Company to manage and control spend. Ariba hosts one of the most valuable conferences highly attended by their client base. Taking the time to collaborate and investigate best practices is a high value return on investment and can spare us from learning lessons the hard way. This conference is a great opportunity to collect a great deal of information and knowledge. I have attended a couple of the Ariba Live conferences in the past (although not recently) and have found them to be the best place to gather best practices and partner with other Ariba’s customers to steer and even accelerate Ariba product development to meet our needs I will participate in breakout sessions, keynote presentations, and have the opportunity to network with a wide array of companies that have successfully navigated similar challenges currently facing ABC Spend Management initiative.
• Interact with Ariba customers who are leveraging Ariba’s collaborative commerce solutions
• Explore the latest strategies and best practices in the Spend Management space including the various modules SHC has or will be utilizing
• Gather insights from industry thought leaders about relative to many topics SHC is challenged with in deploying & adopting Ariba’s Spend Management Platform
• Network with peers, prospects, Ariba’s partners, and Ariba Network suppliers