Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the positive impressions from my attendance of the AribaLIVE 2012 user event. Still, while it might appear that Ariba is firing on all cylinders, as is typically the case, Ariba is not all things to all people and no company is without issues. Thus this post will discuss some challenges and related rooms for improvement.
To date, Ariba has been
strategic sourcing jobs
etc. Still, from a Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Management perspective, Ariba customers in these verticals (Manufacturing, Automotive, Telecom, High-tech, and Utilities) is many multiples more than all of the competitors listed above. In addition, Power Advocate does not have many utility customers outside of the USA. On the other hand, Google (and likely, Facebook soon) is a potential competitor for Ariba Discovery (where buyers and sellers do the matchmaking themselves to find each other). Still,