Ariba Expands Capabilities of Ariba Commerce Services Network

Latest Release Increases Scalability and Openness of Leading Global B2B

Network



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ariba, Inc.

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ARBA), today announced enhancements to the Ariba Commerce
 Services Network(TM) (Ariba CSN) that will enable buyers and suppliers to more
 efficiently and cost-effectively create and maintain relationships, move
 business transactions online and conduct business with trading partners
 worldwide.
     First launched in March 1999, Ariba CSN is one of the most widely adopted
 and liquid global networks of its kind for B2B commerce and collaboration,
 allowing businesses of all kinds, anywhere in the world, to connect and trade.
 Ariba CSN is integral to Ariba's Value Chain Management (VCM) solutions,
 providing the scalable, global network infrastructure customers require to
 connect to and collaborate with their trading partners.
 
     The latest version of Ariba CSN includes:
     -- Multiple language, and localization capabilities to meet the needs of
        global markets and remove many of the inefficiencies in international
        trade.  Ariba CSN supports Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch,
        English, French, French Canadian, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and
        Spanish, allowing companies worldwide to participate in B2B eCommerce
        regardless of language and currency.
     -- Increased transaction capabilities that will enable buyers to more
        efficiently interact with their preferred suppliers and enable
        suppliers to lower their sales costs and benefit from deeper
        relationships with buyers.  Suppliers may also send status updates to
        buyers, giving buyers additional visibility into the real-time status
        of their orders.
     -- Improved scalability in creating buyer-supplier relationships.  By
        automating the invitation process, buyers can now simultaneously invite
        multiple suppliers to transact business with them on Ariba CSN.  Buyers
        will also have increased access to their preferred suppliers,
        increasing trading partners' liquidity by simplifying interoperability
        between the expanding community of buyers, suppliers and marketplaces
        enabled on the Ariba CSN.
 
     Ariba CSN is experiencing massive growth in adoption and liquidity -- with
 individual companies bringing billions of dollars of spend, and trading
 directly with more than 7,000 suppliers, and providing access to an additional
 30,000.  In addition, commerce relationships and transaction volumes have
 doubled every quarter since the launch of Ariba CSN.  This success
 demonstrates the incremental value of Ariba CSN to Ariba customers and their
 trading partners.
     "To succeed in the new economy, companies across the globe must move their
 business processes online, building or accessing electronic environments where
 they can interact with customers and suppliers," said Charly Kleissner, senior
 vice president, Product Solutions, Ariba.  "To support these interactions,
 businesses need a robust, scalable network infrastructure that provides
 connectivity, integration, and network services.  The versatility offered by
 Ariba's unmatched network helps buyers and suppliers to quickly adapt to
 changing conditions in the B2B world to redefine their business and transform
 their bottom line."
     Ariba CSN addresses all the network needs of companies participating in
 B2B -- from basic interoperability and connectivity to advanced capabilities
 for specialized commerce processes, including:
 
     -- Connectivity between all trading partners,
     -- Integration across Ariba and non-Ariba applications,
     -- Content management and search solutions,
     -- Foundation services that ensure secure management and translation of
        multiple document types, and
     -- Commerce services, delivered by Ariba and its partners, that enable the
        end-to-end commerce process.
 
     About Ariba
     Ariba, Inc. is the leading business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce platform
 provider.  Through the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform -- an open, end-to-end
 infrastructure of interoperable software solutions and hosted Web-based
 commerce services -- the company enables efficient online trade, integration
 and collaboration between B2B marketplaces, buyers, suppliers and commerce
 service providers.  The global reach and best-of-breed functionality of the
 Ariba B2B Commerce Platform create Internet-driven economies of scale and
 process efficiencies for leading companies around the world.  Ariba can be
 contacted in the U.S. at 650-930-6200 or at www.ariba.com.
     NOTE:  Ariba and the Ariba logo are registered trademarks of Ariba, Inc.
 Ariba Commerce Services Network is a trademark of Ariba, Inc.  All other
 products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only,
 and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
     Ariba Safe Harbor
     Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 1995:  Information and announcements in this release involve Ariba's
 expectations, beliefs, hopes, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the
 future and are forward-looking statements that involve risks and
 uncertainties.  All forward-looking statements included in this release are
 based upon information available to Ariba as of the date of the release, and
 we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.  These
 statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could
 differ materially from our current expectations.  Factors that could cause or
 contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to:  delays in
 development or shipment of new versions of our Ariba B2B Commerce Platform;
 lack of market acceptance of the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform or other new
 products or services; inability to continue to develop competitive new
 products and services on a timely basis; introduction of new products or
 services by major competitors; our ability to attract and retain qualified
 employees; difficulties in assimilating companies previously acquired,
 including Tradex, Trading Dynamics, and SupplierMarket.com; inability to
 expand our operations to support increased growth; the recognition of an
 increasing portion of revenues at the end of the quarter; declining economic
 conditions, including a recession; inability to control costs; changes in our
 pricing or compensation policies; inability to successfully manage a reduction
 in the company's workforce; and significant fluctuations in our stock price.
 These and other factors and risks associated with our business are discussed
 in the Company's Form 10-K filed December 29, 2000 and Form 10-Q filed
 February 14, 2001.
 
 

SOURCE Ariba, Inc.
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ARBA), today announced enhancements to the Ariba Commerce
 Services Network(TM) (Ariba CSN) that will enable buyers and suppliers to more
 efficiently and cost-effectively create and maintain relationships, move
 business transactions online and conduct business with trading partners
 worldwide.
     First launched in March 1999, Ariba CSN is one of the most widely adopted
 and liquid global networks of its kind for B2B commerce and collaboration,
 allowing businesses of all kinds, anywhere in the world, to connect and trade.
 Ariba CSN is integral to Ariba's Value Chain Management (VCM) solutions,
 providing the scalable, global network infrastructure customers require to
 connect to and collaborate with their trading partners.
 
     The latest version of Ariba CSN includes:
     -- Multiple language, and localization capabilities to meet the needs of
        global markets and remove many of the inefficiencies in international
        trade.  Ariba CSN supports Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch,
        English, French, French Canadian, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and
        Spanish, allowing companies worldwide to participate in B2B eCommerce
        regardless of language and currency.
     -- Increased transaction capabilities that will enable buyers to more
        efficiently interact with their preferred suppliers and enable
        suppliers to lower their sales costs and benefit from deeper
        relationships with buyers.  Suppliers may also send status updates to
        buyers, giving buyers additional visibility into the real-time status
        of their orders.
     -- Improved scalability in creating buyer-supplier relationships.  By
        automating the invitation process, buyers can now simultaneously invite
        multiple suppliers to transact business with them on Ariba CSN.  Buyers
        will also have increased access to their preferred suppliers,
        increasing trading partners' liquidity by simplifying interoperability
        between the expanding community of buyers, suppliers and marketplaces
        enabled on the Ariba CSN.
 
     Ariba CSN is experiencing massive growth in adoption and liquidity -- with
 individual companies bringing billions of dollars of spend, and trading
 directly with more than 7,000 suppliers, and providing access to an additional
 30,000.  In addition, commerce relationships and transaction volumes have
 doubled every quarter since the launch of Ariba CSN.  This success
 demonstrates the incremental value of Ariba CSN to Ariba customers and their
 trading partners.
     "To succeed in the new economy, companies across the globe must move their
 business processes online, building or accessing electronic environments where
 they can interact with customers and suppliers," said Charly Kleissner, senior
 vice president, Product Solutions, Ariba.  "To support these interactions,
 businesses need a robust, scalable network infrastructure that provides
 connectivity, integration, and network services.  The versatility offered by
 Ariba's unmatched network helps buyers and suppliers to quickly adapt to
 changing conditions in the B2B world to redefine their business and transform
 their bottom line."
     Ariba CSN addresses all the network needs of companies participating in
 B2B -- from basic interoperability and connectivity to advanced capabilities
 for specialized commerce processes, including:
 
     -- Connectivity between all trading partners,
     -- Integration across Ariba and non-Ariba applications,
     -- Content management and search solutions,
     -- Foundation services that ensure secure management and translation of
        multiple document types, and
     -- Commerce services, delivered by Ariba and its partners, that enable the
        end-to-end commerce process.
 
     About Ariba
     Ariba, Inc. is the leading business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce platform
 provider.  Through the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform -- an open, end-to-end
 infrastructure of interoperable software solutions and hosted Web-based
 commerce services -- the company enables efficient online trade, integration
 and collaboration between B2B marketplaces, buyers, suppliers and commerce
 service providers.  The global reach and best-of-breed functionality of the
 Ariba B2B Commerce Platform create Internet-driven economies of scale and
 process efficiencies for leading companies around the world.  Ariba can be
 contacted in the U.S. at 650-930-6200 or at www.ariba.com.
     NOTE:  Ariba and the Ariba logo are registered trademarks of Ariba, Inc.
 Ariba Commerce Services Network is a trademark of Ariba, Inc.  All other
 products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only,
 and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
     Ariba Safe Harbor
     Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 1995:  Information and announcements in this release involve Ariba's
 expectations, beliefs, hopes, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the
 future and are forward-looking statements that involve risks and
 uncertainties.  All forward-looking statements included in this release are
 based upon information available to Ariba as of the date of the release, and
 we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.  These
 statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could
 differ materially from our current expectations.  Factors that could cause or
 contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to:  delays in
 development or shipment of new versions of our Ariba B2B Commerce Platform;
 lack of market acceptance of the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform or other new
 products or services; inability to continue to develop competitive new
 products and services on a timely basis; introduction of new products or
 services by major competitors; our ability to attract and retain qualified
 employees; difficulties in assimilating companies previously acquired,
 including Tradex, Trading Dynamics, and SupplierMarket.com; inability to
 expand our operations to support increased growth; the recognition of an
 increasing portion of revenues at the end of the quarter; declining economic
 conditions, including a recession; inability to control costs; changes in our
 pricing or compensation policies; inability to successfully manage a reduction
 in the company's workforce; and significant fluctuations in our stock price.
 These and other factors and risks associated with our business are discussed
 in the Company's Form 10-K filed December 29, 2000 and Form 10-Q filed
 February 14, 2001.
 
 SOURCE  Ariba, Inc.