Ariba Plays Matchmaker

Company helps buyers and sellers connect through “Speed Networking” at Ariba LIVE 2012

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – March 22, 2012 –  Business is all about relationships. But finding reliable partners can be a challenge. Online matching services like Ariba Discovery™ have changed the game and made things easier. But when it comes to forming lasting bonds, there’s nothing like a face-to-face meeting. So on April 11, Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA), the world’s business commerce network, will host a speed networking event to help buyers and sellers attending Ariba LIVE 2012, the business commerce event of the year, connect, and ultimately, do business.

“Business today is more connected and social than ever before,” said Tim Minahan, Chief Marketing Officer, Ariba. “To be successful, companies need a global network of partners on whom they can rely and trust. At Ariba, we’re helping buyers and sellers around the world to forge these connections.”

Making Matches

Keith Klos can vouch for this. As eBusiness Manager for Fastenal, Klos attended the speed networking event held last year at Ariba LIVE – though he admits he initially had reservations about doing so.

“It was a joke inside our office – we called it speed dating,” he says. And with good reason. Much like speed dating, Ariba’s speed networking allows buyers and sellers to meet for a few minutes to share their interests and desires before moving on to chat up a new partner.

But the joke didn’t last long. Through speed networking, Klos had the opportunity to connect with a number of companies who were previously unaware of Fastenal. And one of them is now a customer.

“Despite my misgivings and joking, the event was clearly a huge success,” Klos said. “We are on the road to getting some significant dollars in new business - not just trading dollars, but brand new business.”

Speed networking is an exclusive event held only at Ariba LIVE. To learn more about Ariba LIVE, or to reserve your place, visit:

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