Such insight-driven collaboration is real value of business networks, as Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst, Interarbor Solutions and host of the podcast, sees it. “The amount of information that networks gather, even anonymized and private, gives members great insights,” he says. “And as companies like MSC demonstrate, they can use these insights to be more predictive. To know their supply chain and what their customers will demand before they demand it. To identify risks, sooner rather than later. And to work together to create mutual advantage.”Ariba Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Rachel Spasser agrees. “In their initial phase, networks were all about connecting companies so that they could buy and sell more efficiently. Today, they’re all about collaboration and enhancing and expanding relationships,” she said. “Buyers are harnessing their connectivity and insights to find the right partners and optimize their spend and supply chain. And sellers like MSC are using them to engage with customers in new and innovative ways to increase their wallet share and boost revenue.” Used by more than 1.5 million companies to transact over half a trillion in commerce on an annual basis, the Ariba Network is the world’s largest, most global business-to-business trading community. To learn more about how it is transforming commerce – and the value it can deliver for your organization, visit: www.ariba.com To listen to the full podcast, click here. About MSC Industrial Supply Co. MSC Industrial Supply Co. is one of the largest distributors of Metalworking and Maintenance, Repair and Operations (“MRO”) supplies to industrial customers throughout the United States. MSC employs one of the industry’s largest sales forces and distributes approximately 600,000 industrial products from approximately 3,000 suppliers. In-stock availability is approximately 99%, with next day standard delivery to the contiguous United States on qualifying orders up until 8 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, visit MSC’s website at http://www.mscdirect.com. About Ariba, an SAP Company Ariba is the world’s business commerce network. Ariba combines industry-leading cloud-based applications with the world's largest web-based trading community to help companies discover and collaborate with a global network of partners. Using the Ariba® Network, businesses of all sizes can connect to their trading partners anywhere, at any time from any application or device to buy, sell and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Companies around the world use the Ariba Network to simplify inter-enterprise commerce and enhance the results that they deliver. Join them at: www.ariba.com About SAP As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 258,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com. Any statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “predict,” “should” and “will” and similar expressions as they relate to SAP are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. SAP undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. The factors that could affect SAP's future financial results are discussed more fully in SAP's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including SAP's most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates.
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