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Ariba LIVE 2014 Heading to Rome

On the heels of a successful event in Las Vegas attended by more than 2,200 procurement, finance, IT and sales and marketing professionals – and thousands more via the Internet - Ariba LIVE 2014 is heading to Rome. Hosted by Ariba, an SAP Company, Ariba LIVE Rome will provide a unique forum in which executives and practitioners from across the region can learn to harness the connectivity and intelligence of business networks to transform their operations. Registration for the event, which will take place April 8-10 at the Marriott Park Hotel, is open today at

“In their first phase, business networks were all about automating processes across companies to reduce costs, time and paper,” said Rachel Spasser, Chief Marketing Officer, Ariba. “Today, innovative companies are embracing networks as a new model for business, tapping into the insights of entire communities to break down the barriers to collaboration and enable new processes that drive innovation and competitive advantage.”

Learn from the Best

Ariba LIVE Rome will feature an all-star lineup of business innovators on main stage who will discuss how they are doing just this, including:

  • Dr. Robert Fieten (Director of the Management Research Team in Cologne, Germany and a member of the board of Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik e.V. (BME)), who will discuss the opportunities that procurement, finance and accounts payable have to deliver greater value by leveraging the information systems and automation possible in today's networked economy.
  • Tim Tolhurst, CPO, DSM, which is using cloud-based procurement applications and the Ariba Network to help purchasing move beyond savings to help drive innovation, reduce CO2 emissions and build strategic alliances.
  • Anton Heyneke, Senior Vice President, Sasol Shared Services, which is using the Ariba Network to improve efficiency, reliability of supply and consistency throughout its value chain, yielding significant value for both itself and its suppliers.
  • Ettore Minnella, CPO, and Fabrizio Lugli, Head of Vendor Management at Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which is using a combination of on-premise and cloud-based solutions to maximize value from vendor relationships and drive significant savings, process optimization and quality improvement.

These keynotes will be accompanied by more than 50 practitioner-led breakout sessions dedicated to providing strategies and first-hand accounts of the power of networks to drive new levels of efficiency and effectiveness. Among the companies set to present during the sessions:

Schweitzer Fachinformation

Now in its 15th year, Ariba LIVE is the largest gathering of procurement and finance professionals on the planet. To reserve your place for this can’t-miss event, visit:

About Ariba, an SAP Company

Ariba is the world’s business commerce network. Ariba combines industry-leading cloud-based applications with the world's largest web-based trading community to help companies discover and collaborate with a global network of partners. Using the Ariba® Network, businesses of all sizes can connect to their trading partners anywhere, at any time from any application or device to buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Companies around the world use the Ariba Network to simplify inter-enterprise commerce and enhance the results that they deliver. Join them at:

About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 253,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit

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