Special acknowledgement to our seller winners:


Robert Calvert from HP, an Ariba Ready Platinum seller and winner of the Buyer-Seller Collaboration Innovators award.

Brady Seiberlich from National Business Furniture, an Ariba Ready Silver seller and winner of the Sales Effectiveness Innovator award.


Ariba Presents 2011 Excellence Awards


Company honors innovators charting future of business commerce during ceremony at Ariba LIVE


NASHVILLE, TN -  April 11, 2011 – Business is a collaborative process. But it is driven by individuals. And today, Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA), the leading provider of collaborative business commerce solutions, recognized a group of innovators who are charting a new course for the future of business commerce as part of the 2011 Ariba Excellence Awards. The awards were presented during a ceremony at Ariba LIVE, the premier conference for anyone engaged in buying, selling or managing cash being held this week at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Conference Center in Nashville, TN.


“In today’s post-recession economy, focusing internally no longer cuts it,” said Tim Minahan, Chief Marketing Officer, Ariba. “To get ahead, companies need to forge closer relationships and collaborate more effectively with their customers, suppliers, and other partners. Ariba Excellence Award winners recognize the need for more effective commerce collaboration. They are leveraging digital trading communities to discover new partners, automate and share processes, and exchange market insights and best practices – all for better commerce. ”


Selected by an independent panel of judges, the 2011 Ariba Excellence Award Winners include:


  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Lamar Chesney, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

  • Collaborative Business Commerce Innovators

The WellPoint Implementation Team, WellPoint

  • Procurement Effectiveness Innovators

Bob Fair & The McGraw-Hill Procurement Team, The McGraw-Hill Company

  • Procurement Compliance Innovator

David Morrison, Rentokil Initial

  • Collaborative Finance Innovator

Teong Lim, Caterpillar Inc.

  • Risk Management Innovators

Richard Schriek & Gerlof Borger, Gasunie

  • Change Management Innovator

Ramsay Chu, Fiserv

  • Buyer-Seller Collaboration Innovators

Robert Calvert, HP

Karen Sherrill, The Ohio State University Medical Center

  • Sales Effectiveness Innovator

Brady Seiberlich, National Business Furniture


“A key business differentiator today is the ability to harness all the necessary partners to deliver the sum of that value to the end customer,” said 2011 Ariba Excellence Awards judge Andrew K. Reese, Editor, Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The winners of the 2011 Ariba Excellence Awards are change agents who clearly see that the future of business lies outside their four walls and are extending themselves to create value and advantage for their organizations.”




About Ariba, Inc.

Ariba, Inc. is the leading provider of collaborative business commerce solutions. Ariba combines industry-leading technology with the world's largest web-based trading community to help companies discover, connect and collaborate with a global network of partners – all in a cloud-based environment. Using the Ariba® Commerce Cloud, businesses of all sizes can buy, sell and manage cash more efficiently and effectively. Over 400,000 companies around the globe use the Ariba Commerce Cloud to simplify inter-enterprise commerce and enhance results. Why not join them? To get on the path to Better Commerce visit: www.ariba.com/commercecloud/



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