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Microsoft Bolsters Cloud Security

Microsoft has announced measures to improve security management and transparency for Azure cloud services and Office 365. The features, which come from technology Microsoft acquired when it purchased Adallom, will bolster security in cloud apps such as Office 365, Box, Salesforce, ServiceNow and Ari...

SAP Unveils Business Suite 4 SAP HANA

SAP on Tuesday debuted its new Business Suite 4 SAP HANA. The application is built on SAP's in-memory platform SAP HANA and sports a number of new features and workflows, as well as a newly-designed user interface. "It is basically a new iteration of the business suite," Simo Said, VP and global hea...

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Savings in the Unlikeliest of Places: Accounts Payable

Accounts payable has been one of the last bastions of paper processing in many organizations, but now businesses are looking for efficiencies and money-saving opportunities anywhere they can be found. When the bottom line needs to grow -- even when the top line isn't growing -- many businesses choos...

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SAP Innovation Day – Setting a Standard for the Next 40 Years

When SAP's five founders launched the company in June 1972, it's unlikely they foresaw where the IT industry would travel in the decades to come. SAP's core business applications, including enterprise resource planning solutions, continue to support tens of thousands of companies globally -- but h...

SAP Gets New Stairway to the Cloud With Ariba Buy

SAP has revealed plans to acquire Ariba, an enterprise e-commerce network, for US$4.3 billion as part of the German company's expansion into cloud computing. SAP will purchase Ariba for $45 per share -- about 20 percent more than its market price. Ariba's board approved the purchase unanimously. Th...

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The Networked Economy

Mediafly is a startup company that delivers cloud-based applications for content management and distribution on mobile devices for Fortune 500 companies. Through the Ariba Network, Mediafly gained insight and control over its cash flow and found new means of managing capital and in aiding its abilit...

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Getting What You Want From ERP in the Cloud

The latest BriefingsDirect podcast, from the 2012 Ariba LIVE Conference in Las Vegas, explores the latest in cloud-based collaborative commerce with Cox Enterprises, a $15 billion communications, media, and automotive services company. We'll learn how Cox, through the Ariba Network, manages multiple...

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The Cloud’s Booming Potential for the Networked Economy

It's impossible to factor the implications of cloud computing without examining the context of all the other major business and technology trends in play today. To gauge the potential business benefits -- and threats -- from cloud, we also need to examine the confluence of these developments and how...

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Tempering the Supply Chain With Dynamic Discounting

Recent trends are driving savvy companies to improve how they manage their supplier and buying processes using dynamic discounting. Discount management and dynamic discounting can dramatically improve how enterprises procure by better managing the buying process, improving cash management, and gaini...

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Tight Purse Strings Force IT to Grow Up Fast

A number of major trends are changing the finance game for IT leaders, especially in terms of how they operate like a business within the business. There's a heightened emphasis on measuring cost, service management, hybrid computing and outsourcing that leverage Software as a Service and cloud mod...

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SMB E-Commerce Gets a Little Help From the Cloud

Businesses are increasingly using cloud and e-commerce to improve how they do sales, marketing and online transactions. One smaller company, Tampa-based MarkMaster, has quickly moved to nearly all-paperless sales transactions, found new customers via online networks, and increased the amount of prod...

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As the Cloud Shapes B2B, B2B Shapes the Cloud

As more services, applications, and data are developed for -- and delivered via -- cloud models, how do business-to-business commerce and procurement adapt? Or, perhaps we have the cart in front of the horse. Are the new requirements and expectations of modern, global business processes, in fact, dr...

The Cloud’s Shadow on E-Commerce, Procurement and SCM

Welcome to a special BriefingsDirect podcast coming to you from the Ariba LIVE 2010 Conference in Orlando. This podcast is a presentation of a stage-based panel event on the implications of cloud computing for procurement, supply-chain management, and a host of other business functions. For those of...

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Nothing New Under the Business Commerce Cloud?

As the general notion of cloud computing continues to permeate the collective IT imagination, an offshoot vision holds that multiple business-to-business players could use the cloud approach to build extended business process ecosystems. It's sort of like a marketplace in the cloud on steroids, on s...

EXPERT ADVICE

Is Your Electronic Data Agreement Your Supply Chain’s Weakest Link?

"Get it in writing" is a quaint concept in the electronic information age -- especially in B2B e-commerce, where a more suitable direction may be: "get in it cXML." Every industry has major players moving back-office functions from sourcing and procurement to invoicing and payment to the Web. Suppli...

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