“Ariba Extends Value of ERP”: Thanks to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, most companies have a good handle on their financial data. They can close their books each month, generate financial reports and comply with regulatory requirements. But collaboration is the new corporate competency. And when it comes to connecting with external trading partners, many organizations still struggle because their ERP systems stop at the end of the enterprise. To help remedy this situation, Ariba, Inc., (NASDAQ: ARBA), the leading provider of collaborative business commerce solutions, today announced the launch of Ariba Collaborative Commerce for use with SAP ERP, an on-demand solution that enables companies using SAP ERP to reach beyond the four walls and connect with external trading partners to fuel better commerce.