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Ariba Plus EBay Equals Better B2B Procurement?

Last week at the technology conference SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP CEO Bill McDermott announced that his company’s Ariba Network is teaming up with eBay and its B2B marketplace for streamlined approach to indirect purchases not covered by contracts and formal invoicing.

Called Ariba Network Spot Buy, the service brings in major and public online marketplaces to the procurement process inside of SAP and Ariba applications and services.

SAP’s VP of Business Network Strategy Joe Fox told the news source IT-Director.com that Ariba expects to extend the process efficiency to other online B2B markets – eBay is just the first.

Fox added that the new indirect procurement approach will operate as a pilot program between August and December this year. Before general availability, it will allow companies buying through the integrated Ariba Network’s Spot Buy services to use eBay’s PayPal service to transfer and manage funding.

“We are not going to build any marketplaces,” Fox said. “We are facilitating access—with controls and filters—to all the public and third-party content from various markets. It’s basically unlimited appropriate content for buyers and seekers.”

Additionally, Fox explained no other business app or procurement services providers have anything like Ariba Network Spot Buy. Furthermore, the service is unique because it targets rogue and unmonitored buying by workers using open and aggregated mainstream markets for B2B goods.

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