As those who have attended the event in past years know, Ariba LIVE is chalk full of great information, sessions and networking. It can sometimes be difficult to know where best to spend your time, so if you are a PO/Invoice Automation buyer or seller planning to join us in Washington DC next week, allow me to serve as your virtual cruise director.


In addition to what will undoubtedly prove to be tremendous keynotes from the American Red Cross, Rio Tinto and others, innovation announcements that will surprise and amaze, and a spotlight keynote from Steve Forbes, the Customer Breakout track is jammed with sessions specifically for Network Solution customers. First, you won't want to miss the Network and Invoicing Town Halls where roadmap discussions allows you to provide your feedback on product direction and strategy. Beyond these, two sessions are being held Wednesday morning that you simply cannot miss. These Solution Workshops will be highly interactive, informational, and worthy of your time:


  • The Network: Reconsidering the Way You Do Business (May 8, 9:00 - 10:15AM in National Harbor 12) Fellow customers Kroger, Union Bank, Staples, Fastenal, and PPG will highlight best practices driving change in the way buyers and seller do business. The session will also give attendees the opportunity to discuss their unique challenges and leverage the group to develop a strategy you can implement in the real world.
  • Is Your Organization Prepared for Network Adoption (May 8, 10:30 - 11:45AM in National Harbor 12) Participants will join in a working session to develop their own action plan to transform their supplier enablement "project" to a "program" with help from experts from McGraw-Hill, Office Depot, and GSK who have successfully made this transformation.


So come aboard! We're expecting you.