Breakout sessions are where the lion’s share of the knowledge-sharing and a-ha moments happen during SAP Ariba Live. Fifty-nine recordings of this year's sessions are now available. At the end of each description below, you'll find a link to the recording, where you'll learn how you can use SAP Ariba to make buying, selling, and invoice and payment management simple.
Today's changing business environment creates a greater need for automation, compliance, and savings. Collaborative sourcing goes beyond just buying. It requires integrated platforms from sourcing through buying and paying. In this track, you'll look at how customers integrate SAP Ariba solutions with their buying and paying processes to reshape the way they work, from analysis and risk management through the sourcing and contract management cycles.
Businesses can no longer afford inefficient collaboration. That’s why leading companies are leveraging new technologies to revolutionize their procurement processes. Learn how solutions such as Ariba Procure-to-Pay are uniquely positioned to improve collaboration. And how new offerings, such as Ariba Spot Buy, Ariba Mobile 2.0, and the Ariba Total User Experience, are helping organizations better manage indirect spend, reduce costs, control compliance, collaborate better with suppliers, and deliver value beyond your expectations.
In this track you’ll examine the role of payables in improving financial performance and bottom-line results. Hear how organizations are automating their invoice-to-pay processes for business advantage and aligning procurement and accounts payable to buy right and pay right. You’ll also learn payables automation strategies that enable touch-less invoice processing, enforce payment compliance, accelerate supplier enablement, and unlock working capital value while implementing certain, secure, and simple B2B payments.
This track provides sellers on the Ariba Network with opportunities to learn best practices from your peers, on everything from maximizing your revenue to increasing your customer retention. Learn how current SAP Ariba sellers are utilizing SAP Ariba solutions to find buyers ready to buy, accelerate their sales cycle, and grow their e-commerce footprint, improving top-line results while optimizing business collaborations. Unleash the power of technology to digitize your business and discover, connect, and collaborate in totally new ways.
We’ve assembled thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds to share their vision and insights, giving you fuel to return to your organization and make a difference. Whether you’re interested in procurement, finance, or sales, you’ll find some provocative sessions to up your game and drive innovation and transformation across your organization.
This track is designed to help our valued customers achieve maximum results and ROI with SAP Ariba solutions. In this track you’ll find ample opportunities to discuss best practices with your peers, ask questions of SAP Ariba solution experts, and gain solution insights. Please note that certain sessions, as noted in the session description, require attendees to be a licensed SAP Ariba customer to attend. Unless noted in the description, sessions are open to all attendees.
The Blue Ribbon track is specifically designed for prospective customers who have not previously deployed SAP Ariba or SAP solutions and would like to better understand the value of deploying the solutions. It will include introductory sessions that cover the various solution areas offered, along with other key topics for anyone considering deploying them. This track will have priority seating given to designated Blue Ribbon attendees, although some sessions with broader applicability will be opened to all attendees.
According to recent research from Ardent Partners, 35 out of every 100 workers at any given company today are contingent. And that number is rising. As businesses engage more and more external workers and services, it is essential they have visibility into their external workforce to reduce costs and achieve a competitive advantage. Join this fireside chat to learn how leading organizations UnitedHealth Group (UHG) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) are tackling flexible workforce management and why a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. The panelists will discuss...
Did you know travel and entertainment (T&E) costs are the second-most difficult operating expense line item for businesses to control? You can make more proactive decisions to better manage that spend and at the same time provide stakeholders with analytics that help drive policy decisions. In this session, Concur will also demonstrate how you can deliver insights to targeted personas and make sure you’re delivering the right information to the right stakeholder at the right time.
Discover new business relationships today. The old ways of finding suppliers—consultants, trade shows, even web searches—can’t keep up with today’s fast-moving, digital economy. The smart money is on web-based supplier networks and automated buyer-seller matching tools. There’s none better—or bigger—than the Ariba Network, nearly 2 million connected companies strong. And no matching service surpasses Ariba Discovery. This free service makes supplier search easy, instantly connecting you with high-quality product and service suppliers who are ready to compete for your business and cut your supply costs and risks. In this session, you will learn the ins and outs of this free tool to help you address your everyday business needs.
While an e-commerce initiative may begin with a regional focus, many organizations will eventually broaden their scope and expand a program to all parts of the globe. Come hear from organizations that have rolled out a global supplier enablement program, and the keys to ensuring high adoption rates and expansion to new spend categories.
What are the options for sellers and buyers collaborating on catalog content? Join a panel of leading sellers and buyers as they discuss their catalog strategies and preference for hosted CIF versus PunchOut catalogs. Learn how leading sellers use the Ariba Network to drive exposure of their product content to procurement organizations and individuals at their key accounts, while leading procurement organizations use online catalogs to drive up compliance to contract terms and to improve the user experience.
The world is moving into the Digital Age, and that means that companies need to communicate with each other via digital networks. In this presentation we use historical and cultural stories to understands how networks are built, and what it really means to be in the digital economy.
Is invoice processing efficiency the exclusive focus of your payables automation program? If it is, you may be ignoring opportunities to support payment and working capital strategies that increase cash returns, enable supplier self-service, free up working capital, and improve free cash flow. Attend this session to learn how organizations are automating payables to enforce compliance with contracts, gain supplier support for electronic payments, and improve management of cash and working capital.
This panel discussion will cover how to address and overcome objections that suppliers may have about participating in your strategic e-commerce initiative. Remember, as a buyer, you determine what value your suppliers receive from e-commerce. So, join us to learn the value that e-commerce can deliver for your suppliers and what you can do to motivate them to participate.
Catalog management is one of the strengths of the SAP Ariba solution portfolio. Join this session to learn from our customers Bemis and Ally Financial how they successfully used SAP Ariba for supplier enablement, collaborative invoicing, change management, and standardized processes to improve procurement cycle time, contract compliance, and resource allocation to lower costs.
Our digital economy is changing the accounts payable function forever, and deploying the right technology is just the first step in adapting. You also need to prepare your team as they assume new roles as business analysts. In this session, you’ll hear about effective strategies that can drive a successful transformation, the value of procurement support, and the positive impact it can bring to your business.
Businesses selling to consumers (B2C) have made it easy for their customers to transact, yet businesses that sell to other businesses (B2B) struggle with leveraging such useful B2C paradigms. In this session, hear what companies that have both successful B2C and B2B channels are doing to make the user experience easy and seamless from their consumer to work persona. Also, learn what processes and underlying technologies are available to achieve this lofty goal.
This session is appropriate for Contract Management Professional administrators who are planning to develop, or are in the process of developing, main agreements/assembled documents. Although detailed knowledge of assembled-document configuration and MS Word interface features are not required, basic familiarity with bookmarks and styles is required. This is an intermediate- to advanced-level class. The session will be available to a maximum of 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
Contract management is now being considered an integral part of the procurement process to help stop leakage and aid in gaining compliance around spend and visibility into suppliers. This session will focus on how companies are bringing contracts into the process to gain visibility with the supplier and manage compliant spend.
Attend this session to get informed of the latest updates to Ariba Network, including the approach for continual development through 2016. Ariba Product Management will provide detailed information associated with the new release process for Ariba Network features along with deep dive demonstrations on newly released product features. Buyers and suppliers will be able to directly engage Ariba Network Product Management as part of this session.
Hyperconnectivity will reinvent the world economy. Individuals, businesses, and societies are becoming interconnected in real time, leading to a new digital economy that is more collaborative, intelligent, responsive, and efficient with dramatic increases in productivity and economic value. Join this session to learn from an industry analyst about how to manage spend in today's hyperconnected environment.
Learn how companies are seeking to transform their supply chains in this digital, networked economy. This session will include a discussion about the major pillars for transformation that can act as a concrete framework for initiatives to realize new digital opportunities and business value. You will be introduced to SAP’s extended supply chain portfolio and learn how this can be used for collaborative business planning across the network to integrate supply chain with sourcing and purchasing, and to orchestrate internal and external operations across short-, medium- and long-term time horizons. SAP customer use cases and examples from various industries will be used.
SAP Fieldglass enables its customers to gain visibility and control of their external labor and project-based services, including Statements of Work (SOW). These often involve a vast network of service providers, independent contractors, and additional flexible talent pools. Attendees of this session will walk away with a greater understanding of the Fieldglass Vendor Management System and the business challenges it solves for large, multinational enterprises. The session will include an overview and demonstration.
We are witnessing an unprecedented pace of change. The ever-evolving business environment increases pressure on companies, as they can no longer afford the costs of collaboration inefficiencies. In this session, learn how the Ariba Network is uniquely positioned to address diverse spend categories, suppliers, and processes while creating cohesive sourcing, procurement, and payment strategies.
Ariba Customer Support has embarked on an exciting project to improve the user experience with our customer support portal, Ariba Connect. The portal is a destination for customers to enter and monitor service requests, as well as access a growing range of resources, including product documentation, FAQs, knowledge articles, and other resources designed to enable a successful experience with SAP Ariba solutions. Join this session for a sneak peek at the completely redesigned Ariba Connect. You will also have the ability to share feedback and suggestions, learn best practices on working with Customer Support, and hear about upcoming opportunities for accessing the new portal prior to the official 2016 launch.
This session will feature a panel of sellers sharing their stories about how they have used Ariba Discovery to find new business and craft winning responses to grow their overall business.
Go-live is just the beginning. Attend this session to hear from customers as they describe their ongoing Ariba journey, including expanding usage across new commodities, business units, and regions. Learn how to use Ariba reports to gauge success, access resources to adjust your Ariba configuration to evolve with the business, and maintain adequate staffing to keep your SAP Ariba solutions running smoothly.
Among your audience, is user-generated content on its way to being preferred over company-branded content? Content co-creation between brands and consumers will become increasingly popular and important. Learn more in this informative session.
Getting the technology right is just one part of a successful Ariba implementation. Preparing your teams to embrace and use the new tools and continuing to foster adoption after go-live are just as important. In this session, you will hear from a customer who will provide their Ariba user adoption successes, best practices, and lessons learned. This interactive session is sure to provide strategies to improve your organization’s user adoption.
Is your company challenged to manage complex services, beginning with supplier onboarding all the way through to invoicing compliance? Learn how a leading oil and gas company matured from being a wildcatter to being an efficient operator, one with the financial discipline and ability to capture critical supply chain information by managing the following critical business processes in SAP Ariba and SAP:
Come find out if an adopt-over-adapt design, focused on the user experience and enabled by SAP and SAP Ariba buying channel capabilities, can help optimize your processes.
If you’re ready to move on from paper invoice processing, this session is for you. Hear from customers that have automated their accounts payable operations to accelerate invoice processing, eliminate invoice errors and exceptions, improve on-time payment performance, and more.
Leading companies are revolutionizing their procure-to-pay processes by leveraging new technologies. During this session, hear how customers use the Ariba Procure-to-Pay solution to automate, streamline, and provide visibility into their P2P processes to better manage spend, reduce costs, gain control over compliance, and enable better supplier collaboration.
In many organizations, Procurement and Finance are working together to build a joint business case for source-to-pay. Yet they often aren’t making enough out of joining forces with IT. Attend this session to see how CPOs, CFOs, and CIOs can team up to collaborate and leverage synergies for sustained business success: streamlining the source-to-pay process, simplifying connectivity in their supply chain, and driving innovation in their ecosystem.
Non-sourced, one-off, emergency spot buy items can account for as much as 15% of indirect spend. Does this sound familiar? Attend this session to learn more about managing these purchases through the Ariba Spot Buy feature. SAP Ariba customers and an Ariba Best Practice Center consultant will present ways to improve visibility and control of non-sourced spend.
Purchase-order invoices offer a level of control that supports your compliance goals, but what about invoices that don’t have POs? Non-PO invoice management is arguably the most challenging task in accounts payable, and the source of many errors and exceptions that require extra effort to process. In this session, we’ll examine how customers are turning to contract invoicing to achieve the same level of control with non-PO invoices as they have with purchase-order invoices.
Want to supercharge supplier adoption of your SAP Ariba solutions? Start with something your suppliers will eagerly support: getting paid! With AribaPay, the multi-award-winning B2B payment innovation, you can eliminate paper and risk in your payment process while giving your suppliers the payment visibility and comprehensive remittance they need to forecast and apply cash. In this session, you'll hear how the move to networked B2B payment with AribaPay benefits buyers and suppliers and delivers value far beyond the payment itself.
Join this session to hear tips and tricks of using workflows and approvals in the Ariba Procure-to-Pay solutions. An Ariba Best Practice Center consultant will host a session with current customers to discuss tried-and--true techniques for optimizing your workflows.
B2B payments and working capital management are increasingly intertwined as companies look to their payables to drive strategic value. Both Procurement and Finance are turning their attention to new payment, working capital management, and supply chain finance strategies. In this session, analysts from McKinsey and Chainlink will share research and perspectives on the changes, challenges, and opportunities that companies face with these new strategies. This session is sponsored by Discover, SAP Ariba's partner in developing and delivering the award-winning innovation AribaPay.
Procurement in the retail industry should transcend mere transaction-based activity. It can be a strategic initiative for driving significant savings. Both merchandise and non-merchandise procurement can significantly drive top-line and bottom-line growth in a retail company. Learn how several top retailers are making procurement and sourcing a priority by collaborating with their suppliers and automating their procure-to-pay process to keep their operating costs low and improve their margins.
Join us for the second half of our industry breakouts for a panel on Supplier Risk Management – A Look at Industry Trends and Best Practices. Managing a complex network of suppliers and protecting the business against supplier risk and third-party risk incidents is a daunting challenge. These risk incidents can create blind spots in your supply chain and compliance challenges that put your company under perennial threat. Attend this panel discussion to learn best practices in risk management that companies adopt to mitigate supplier risk and achieve compliance to changing regulations.
You are the kind of customer that demands and inspires innovation. You have a vested interest in SAP Ariba product enhancements and how they impact your business. We’ve listened to your feedback, not only about our solutions, but also about our release readiness program. SAP Ariba is making some exciting changes this year that we think you will love, like regularly scheduled releases you can plan for in advance, easier ways to explore and adopt new features and functionality, and much more. Let’s get together, talk a bit, and see what you think.
This panel discussion will focus on various companies’ reasons for using Ariba Discovery to find new suppliers, as well as why they are choosing to continue to use it for all of their sourcing projects moving forward. Whether you are sourcing new commodities, completing a rush order, or fulfilling specialized requirements, Ariba Discovery is the go-to tool for finding and qualifying new suppliers quickly.
This session will bring together several customer speakers who will each provide a 10-minute overview of the solutions they deployed and the benefits gained using SAP and Ariba Cloud procurement products. Then, we will open it up for a Q&A so that new customers can ask our experienced customers what they did right and how they run better in 2016 as a result of these projects.
Employees today expect to have the ability work anywhere, with access to enterprise applications on their smartphones and tablets. To address this need, SAP Ariba is increasing its innovation in mobile solutions for both buyers and suppliers. Attend this session and learn how deploying Ariba mobile apps in your enterprise will help drive user engagement and satisfaction for all key processes like buying, approvals, collaboration, and status checks. You’ll also learn how working with your suppliers to adopt SAP Ariba’s supplier mobile solution can help increase visibility and collaboration for your enterprise. This informative session will include demos, a functionality overview, and a roadmap for SAP Ariba’s mobile innovations. Learn how your peers have rolled out SAP Ariba mobile solutions, while also gaining best practices for successful rollouts from SAP Ariba mobile solution product owners and technical leads.
Your customers are implementing a procurement solution. Learn how to change beliefs, shift thinking, and drive conversations and change within your company to shift from operationally focused e-commerce to customer-centric digital commerce and help your company flourish.
It’s all about social, mobile, and digital commerce! Growing up with technology alongside them, millennials and technology stand as a single entity. To reach the millennial consumer today, businesses need to be tech-savvy and understand how advances like mobile and social have influenced how we market to this group. In this session, hear how technology is changing the way companies build relationships with their customers and the impact it has on delivering superior customer service and improving sales.
Remember the old-school days of deciphering and keying in mounds of handwritten and faxed service entry sheets (SES) from the field? Well, welcome to SAP Ariba and processing service entry sheets in the 21st century! With SAP Ariba’s new service entry sheet and services invoicing, field supervisors and their contractors can now easily create online orders and field tickets, as well as create, correct, and approve work orders and invoices right in the field. Like the idea of doing any or all of this on an Android or IOS smartphone or tablet? It’s now possible. Attend this session to hear a panel discussion featuring customers from leading energy and mining companies who are currently using SAP Ariba service entry sheet functionalities today.
Procurement executives are continually challenged to maintain sustainable savings, overall operational efficiency, and risk mitigation in today’s highly volatile commodity markets and risk-prone global supply chains. Organizations today look up to procurement teams to deliver value beyond tactical savings. Procurement is increasingly seen as the driver of business value through cross-functional collaboration within the enterprise as well as outside. But how do you keep the momentum going? We will explore how a truly integrated source-to-settle process offers a tremendous ROI, with spend analysis driving effective sourcing, well-managed suppliers, and contract compliance. We will share how a successful journey begins with the vision and a solid business case and continues through effective deployment of technology and the necessary process change management.
Having driven successful savings projects, sourcing and procurement teams are now being leveraged by companies to drive savings in new areas. This session will provide insights into how these teams are achieving savings in new areas of spend while collaborating with new suppliers in more strategic ways.
Driving bottom-line savings continues to top the wish list of the chief procurement officer’s agenda, yet the decision path to get there often relies on perceptions and intuition. Without the right visibility into spend data and suppliers, or without having related market information in hand, sourcing and procurement decisions often run counter to the business objectives. Gaining comprehensive visibility is the stepping stone to effective spend management. Join this session where experts will share their secrets on striking it rich by listening to what their spend numbers have to say.
This session will provide a detailed overview on how to gain greater visibility into and control over non-sourced, non-contracted, and unplanned purchases. According to the Hackett Group, thirty-two percent of indirect spend is never sourced and is difficult to manage. How do employees buy things not found in the company catalog? How do you manage one-off, long-tail suppliers? Is your P-Card program delivering on its promises? Participate in this session to learn more about Ariba Spot Buy, see a live demo, and speak with the experts to get your Ariba Spot Buy program started.
Gaining actual savings from the best-laid sourcing plans requires organizations to put in place a closed-loop strategy, one that addresses operational sourcing as well as the processes around it. An optimal plan would include cutting-edge analytics to drive better decisions, water-tight contract management to improve adherence, and disciplined supplier management to improve performance. Join this session to hear from the experts on how organizations can translate savings from paper to the bottom line through a tightly woven collaborative sourcing process.
Research consistently shows that companies with defined source-to-pay strategies (including robust value and performance management) not only consistently outperform their peers in the industry, but also – and perhaps more importantly – drive recognized value within their organization. Come spend 60 minutes with us to gain insights into how to establish a value framework and options for measuring your strategy. We’ll delve into how to maintain executive sponsorship, metrics that matter—by solution, and discuss the SAP Ariba free benchmark program, which is available to all customers and can provide actionable data for your program.
Every great transformation starts with the end in mind. Enabling suppliers on Ariba Network is no different. Join this session and learn from the experts as they tell us how they have been able to achieve great results in getting their spend, suppliers, and documents digitized on Ariba Network. You’ll hear the perspective of sellers, buyers, and the SAP Ariba team—starting with the up-front business case and diving into the details of the actual enablement. You will also learn about exciting new Ariba Network developments that support SAP Ariba’s vision to help buyers and suppliers simply commerce with a single platform--including an enablement option for low transaction volume suppliers to further enhance your Ariba investment and improved supplier packaging and pricing. Successful enablement is within your grasp.
This session introduces the supplier qualification project type, which is now included in the Ariba Supplier Information and Performance Management (SIPM) solution. Supplier qualification management (SQM) allows buyers to qualify suppliers for a particular activity as well as manage a continuous qualification life cycle. Join this session to learn more about how to best use the SQM functionality combined with the supplier profile questionnaire (SPQ), supplier performance management (SPM) projects, and sourcing events.
Supplier risk incidents are the blind spots in your supply chain that place your organization under perennial threat. Mitigating these risks requires you to bring in not just historical insights but also real-time information and predictive intelligence. This session features expert views as well as best practices on how to preemptively address supplier risk incidents and protect your organization from the unforeseen.
A report from Accenture and the World Economic Forum argues that companies should create supply chains that not only provide competitive advantage but also socioeconomic and environmental benefits. A “triple advantage,” if you will. In this session, you will learn best practices in sourcing products and services with social impacts in mind. Hear from customers on how they leverage internal and external support to meet business needs while being good corporate citizens.
No two categories are the same. Likewise for the strategies involved in sourcing and procuring them. Direct materials, considered the lifeblood of the supply chain, presents unique challenges and opportunities for sourcing and procurement teams. The winning combination requires the right blend of in-depth product expertise, close supplier collaboration, and tighter integration across processes. This session features insights on the must-have in your direct material sourcing strategy that will enable you to emerge successful in this high-stakes game.
Not so long ago, in a galaxy not too far away, procurement and finance organizations lived safely in their silos with separate goals only loosely connected to each other. But with many companies now turbo-laser focused not only on savings, but also on working capital improvement, both groups are being called on to contribute to larger corporate goals. This session will highlight the power that finance and procurement teams can access by combining the forces of supply chain finance, dynamic discounting, and AribaPay with a comprehensive supplier strategy to deliver benefits that directly impact balance sheet positions and earnings per share.
The SAP Ariba Exchange User Community provides the platform to connect with SAP Ariba and its customers, opening up the new possibilities in the world of supply chain management. Come to explore our vision in an interactive session.
This session is appropriate for Sourcing Professional administrators who are planning to develop, or are in the process of developing, their full project template. The session will cover adapting a sourcing process into manageable phases and tasks within the tool. This is an intermediate-to advanced-level class. The session will be limited to a maximum of 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
When closing the loop on P2P, payment is the last step. Yet a lack of visibility into what, when, and how much a seller will be paid makes it difficult to predict and manage cash flows. AribaPay makes it simple for Ariba Network sellers to plan, track, and reconcile payments from their business customers in order to better predict and manage their cash. This session will provide seller customers with an overview of AribaPay and explore the process steps to becoming AribaPay-ready to collaborate with customers.
Leading sellers are using B2B e-commerce to automate their business collaborations with customers. E-commerce enables them to reduce costs associated with manual document keying; drive up customer satisfaction through faster, more accurate response rates to customer purchase orders; and achieve cleaner, more accurate invoices. Join this panel of leading sellers as they discuss when and how suppliers can leverage the different transactional and integration options available on the Ariba Network.
In today’s distributed, global economy, greater reliance on trading partners has made supply chain collaboration a competitive mandate. As supply chains become more complex and dynamic, your ability to achieve the perfect order in direct and indirect materials procurement—receiving the right product, in the right place, at the right time, in the right quantity—depends on having the right tools and partners. You need to be able to collaborate across multiple processes, systems, and geographies in real time; accurately track and assess trading partner performance; and quickly identify and respond to shortages and other unplanned supply chain events. Join a panel of thought leaders and buyer and seller practitioners as they discuss how to attain the perfect order by collaborating effectively with trading partners.
In this session, we’ll share the most important insights from Deloitte’s 2016 Global CPO Survey, which reflects the sentiments of more than 300 procurement executives from 33 countries and representing every major industry. The survey covers the state of play in key procurement disciplines such as business engagement, talent, and productivity. With five years of data under our belt, we’ll talk about how the CPO’s outlook has changed over the years—as well as what the future holds.
This is your opportunity to talk with the team who will guide you through the process of deploying Ariba. Learn from our professional delivery team about what services are automatically included once you have signed with SAP Ariba and the amount of resources your team will need to have available for each of our solutions. You will get a chance to hear from the experts who have deployed thousands of SAP Ariba customers as they share best practices, challenges, and risks of deploying software based on their past experiences. You will also gain insights into lessons learned so you can avoid the mistakes others have made. Find out how long deliveries take and what you need to do in order to speed them up.
Supplier management is in many ways like the art of motorcycle maintenance: hands on, requires discipline, and you can't leave anything to chance. Your suppliers have a deep impact on your sourcing and procurement process and managing them effectively is the missing link between finalizing a strategic sourcing deal and ultimately realizing negotiated benefits. This session will explore how the confluence of scalable supplier onboarding, effective supplier performance, and a host of best practices can help you manage your suppliers strategically.