Ariba, a business commerce network, is teaming up with Microsoft to help businesses plug into the networked economy. The companies will link their business commerce and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, providing businesses using Microsoft Dynamics AX with access to the Ariba Network, so that they can connect and collaborate more efficiently and effectively across the entire commerce process.
Enabled by trends such as cloud computing and the convergence of enterprise applications, social media and communities, more and more organisations are looking beyond the four walls of the enterprise to extend their processes and systems to connect and collaborate more efficiently with customers, suppliers, and other trading partners across the street and around the globe.
“Traditional operating models and enterprise applications limit collaboration,” said Dana Gardner, principal analyst, Interarbor Solutions. “The pairing of Microsoft’s ERP capabilities with the Ariba Network enables a unified, open, and collaborative community accessible by any application or via any device. The result will be more efficient ways to achieve new levels of productivity among and between companies from any corner of the globe.”
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