SAP Ariba and IBM have a global strategic alliance to deliver cognitive procurement solutions that redefine the source-to-settle process. Leveraging SAP Leonardo, IBM Watson technologies, and SAP Ariba, the solutions will bring intelligence from procurement data together with predictive insights from unstructured information to enable improved decision making across supplier management, contracts, and sourcing activities.

IBM Global Business Services will provide consulting and services to build, implement, and operate the new offerings using tailored roadmaps to help enterprises of all sizes lower costs and realize faster time to value. IBM will also work with SAP Ariba to bring new and existing IBM customers, including those using IBM Emptoris solutions, to the SAP Ariba platform where they can benefit from this expanded functionality and the comprehensive source-to-settle offerings that SAP Ariba provides.

Additionally, the companies will launch a Cognitive Procurement hub to further the development of intelligent procurement solutions and services, working side by side to explore applications of emerging technologies, including blockchain.

The products that IBM offers to our joint customers are IBM technology (hardware and software); IBM consulting services and systems integration, with optional IBM hosting; IBM financial services, and IBM Cognitive Process Services. The tight integration between IBM and SAP Ariba products creates a flexible, scalable solution that combines the strengths of both companies to help transform our joint customers into e-business on-demand enterprises. This alliance enables a company to implement an on-demand solution that is integrated across their company with key partners and suppliers and can deliver greater cost savings, efficiencies, and competitive advantage to global enterprises.

IBM is also a member of Ariba Network, which enables SAP Ariba customers to easily procure IBM products through integration to Ariba Network. As a leading Ariba Network supplier, IBM has demonstrated scalable and repeatable transaction processes and content creation capabilities to SAP Ariba customers.

Business Process Outsourcing
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BPO Resell Partner
Technology Manufacturer/Developer