May 22, 2012 – SAP AG announced a $4.3 billion buy of cloud collaboration provider Ariba from subsidiary SAP America, a week after the German-based enterprise software vendor rolled out a new cloud strategy and offerings at its annual user conference.

SAP stated that the deal would lead to combination of Ariba’s buyer-seller collaboration network with its own business-to-business collaboration in the cloud. In a presentation on the deal, SAP presented how they believe their enterprise applications for cloud, mobility and analytics, as well as databases running on top of its in-memory platform HANA, could connect to and expand Ariba’s cloud business networks. SAP also reiterated the “accelerated” movement toward cloud services and solutions from leaders at its Sapphire Now conference last week in Orlando. There, SAP also introduced a series of cloud offerings for specific industries with ties to the vendor’s ERP software.

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