For years, Ariba has championed the value of connected, collaborative commerce through business networks. Today, that idea of collected collaboration took on a new meaning with Cirque du Soleil’s mesmerizing opening performance. While Cirque du Soleil stages astonishing acrobatics, its procurement processes are standardized to achieve maximum spend management performance. Nadia Malek, senior director for supply chain at Cirque du Soleil, discussed the importance of working with her community of users to ensure that procurement processes serve their purchasing needs. Her story got our audience talking and tweeting.
A spellbinding performance is often a hard act to follow, yet Ariba’s new president, Alex Atzberger, delivered a powerful vision for Ariba as the world’s digital commerce network. Backing up that vision is the Ariba Network’s size, scale, network-based intelligence, community of trading partners, and deep expertise. Alex said, “In the future of commerce, the consumer is in the driver’s seat and the network is the highway.”
AIG’s vice president and global head of e-procurement solutions and operations, Jim Gillespie, provided inspiration to many in the audience as he revealed AIG’s journey to procurement transformation. The fact that AIG recognized the value of connecting SAP, Ariba, Fieldglass and Concur in advance of SAP’s business network acquisitions wasn’t lost on the crowd. Collaboration with its technology solutions and with its internal business functions were crucial factors for the phenomenal success that AIG has achieved. Many in our audience were truly impressed with AIG’s progressive pace and accomplishments.
Insight Enterprises’ CEO, Ken Lamneck, made a compelling case for the efficiencies, savings and sales that sellers can gain through business networks. As the world’s largest technology distributor, Insight’s customers range from global brands to regional companies – each with their own unique needs yet a common goal to simplify their procurement processes.
Closing the morning session was a memorable and moving talk from artist and urban planner Candy Chang. She challenged audience members to open their perspective and recognize the potential of communities when people come together to connect and collaborate. Candy shared how her wish to foster public conversation led to a variety of interactive art installations that sparked community cohesion and positive change. Candy talked about the impact of her renowned project, Before I Die, and Ariba LIVE attendees were invited to participate by sharing their own hopes and dreams on Before I Die panels displayed around the event. Several attendees also chose to share their thoughts on Twitter.
Stay tuned for video highlights from Wednesday's general session. And check back at Ariba LIVE for a recap of Day 2 social conversations from our community of attendee