Acquisition in the Clouds: SAP to Buy Ariba for $4.3 Billion

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REPORT AUTHOR: Andrew Bartolini, Chief Research Officer

On May 21, 2012, SAP AG, one of the world’s largest business enterprise software providers announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Ariba, a leader in cloud-based spend management solutions and owner of the largest global B2B trading network, in a deal valued at $4.3 Billion. The acquisition will allow SAP to expand its cloud footprint and position the Ariba Network to its 190,000+ customer base.
This 12-page report includes:

• Deal summary, background, and analysis
• Market impact analysis including a discussion of the deal impact on competing solution providers including BravoSolution, BuyerQuest, Coupa Hubwoo, Iasta, IBM, Oracle, Puridiom, SciQuest, WALLMEDIEN, Zycus, and others
• Recommendations for current SAP customers
• Recommendations for current Ariba customers
• Recommendations for SAP/Ariba prospects

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