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SAP Ariba Leaders Recognized as Pros to Know

Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine names three execs to annual list of providers driving supply chain transformation 

In today’s global and connected economy, digital supply chains are the onramp to innovation and success. And when it comes to helping companies get on the highway and go fast, SAP Ariba is leading the way. The company today announced that three of its executives have been named to the 2017 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know, an annual list that recognizes individuals who are driving supply chain transformation through innovative thinking and solutions.

Padmini Ranganathan, Vice President of Products and Innovation, Jon Stevens, Global Senior Vice President, Business Networks and Tony Harris, Global Vice President & General Manager, Direct Procurement Solutions, have all been recognized for their work to help companies reimagine their supply chains and develop effective digital strategies that enable them to see the future and shape it to their advantage.

“From globalization, political instability and economic volatility, today’s business climate presents significant challenges to supply chain professionals,” says Lara Sowinski, Editor, Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The 2017 Provider Pros to Know recognizes individuals who are tackling these challenges through their vision and commitment to innovation.”

Slavery was abolished in the United States centuries ago. Yet slave and child labor remains rampant in supply chains around the world. SAP Ariba is working in the fight to stamp it out. And Padmini Ranganathan and her team are leading the charge, delivering innovative solutions that shine a light on the materials, regions, and suppliers that are most likely to have forced labor and provide companies with insights and intelligence that enable them to do something about it.

Twenty years ago, procurement was a manual function driven largely by phone calls, faxes and handshakes. Then along came the Internet. And a thing called the Ariba® Network. And everything changed. It all started with the idea that buying and selling among businesses didn’t need to be so hard. That with the right technology, companies could automate the process and interact in totally new ways that enhance their top and bottom lines. Jon Stevens was a driving force behind this idea has helped to build what has become the largest, most global business-to-business network on the planet over the last twenty years.

To make things go in today’s global economy, businesses need to work with thousands of suppliers, partners and customers across supply chains that have become increasingly complex. It’s a mind-blowing task. Particularly when it comes to direct materials. But Tony Harris and his team are helping to simplify it through Ariba Collaborative Supply Chain, an innovative and intelligent collaboration platform that enables companies to connect with partners and manage all of their direct materials procurement activities in one place.

SAP Ariba is how companies connect to get business done. On the Ariba Network, buyers and suppliers from more than 2.5 million companies and 190 countries discover new opportunities, collaborate on transactions and grow their relationships. Buyers can manage the entire purchasing process, while controlling spending, finding new sources of savings and building a healthy supply chain. And suppliers can connect with profitable customers and efficiently scale existing relationships – simplifying sales cycles and improving cash control along the way. The result is a dynamic, digital marketplace, where more than $1 trillion in commerce gets done every year.

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 approximately 345,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.