September began with the Labor Day holiday in the USA, the traditional end of the summer vacation season. Summer typically brings drought, both meteorologically, and for holidays. As we enter September, the holiday drought is over. From here through to Christmas, the holidays and special days become bigger and more frequent!  So break out the pom-poms and let’s give a cheer for September (and for Ariba Customer Success)!

Here are some useless factoids about September --  we won’t ask how many of these you were around for, but feel free if you want to share a story about it:


  • "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was published. (1830)
  • Emma M. Nutt becomes the first woman telephone operator. (1878)
  • TV soap opera Search for Tomorrow premieres on CBS. (1951)
  • George Eastman received a patent for roll film and trademarked the name "Kodak".
  • Russian Czar Peter the Great imposes a tax on beards. (1698)
  • Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's baseball iron man record by playing in his 2,131st game.(1995)
  • The first Miss America beauty Pageant is held in Atlantic City N.J. (1921)
  • Star Trek premiered on television (1966)
  • Elvis Presley first appears on the Ed Sullivan Show. (1956)
  • Future President John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier. (1953)
  • New York City becomes the capitol of the United States. I bet you didn't know that! (1788)
  • Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in a battle of the sexes tennis match. (1973)
  • 22 The record for drinking Ketchup belongs to Dustin Phillips (USA). On this day, he drank a 14 oz. bottle of Ketchup through a 1/4" straw in 33 seconds. (1999)
  • Sandra Day O'Connor became the first female Supreme Court Justice. (1981)
  • Rayon is patented. (1902)



Now for the useful information – mark your calendar and register now for the upcoming Ariba Customer Success Lunch and Learn


Date and Time: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:00 pm


Topic: Configurable Approve Rules


Agenda:   Please join the Customer Success Team and Mark Willner, Senior Technical Consultant, as we present the features and benefits of Configurable Approval Rules for your Ariba Procurement and Invoicing Solutions.  When a user submits an approvable document, such as a requisition or expense report, the Ariba system uses approval rules to determine which users must approve that document. Ariba Procurement and Invoicing solutions include a set of default approval processes. For example, Ariba Procure to Pay includes default approval rules for requisitions and receipts.  Enterprises can customize the default approval processes for their site to align with specific business requirements. Configurable approval rules provide browser-based management of all aspects of approval process creation and deployment. For each type of approval document (also referred to as an approvable), you can build a flow diagram of approval rules, defining the condition and actions for each rule. You can then test the approval process by previewing approval flows generated for selected test approvables. Configurable Approval Rules are available in the following solutions: Procure to Pay, Invoice Professional, Procure to Order, Services Procurement, Travel and Expense, and Procurement Content


You can also register directly on the Customer Success page on Ariba Exchange.  If you are not a member and are an Ariba Customer, click here to join our Customer Success page.  While you are there sign up for October – November events, too.


Please let us know if you need any other information or contact your CSM!