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Deborah R Wilson
Research Vice President
4 years at Gartner
12 years IT industry

Deborah Wilson, a Gartner research vice president, covers procurement strategies and applications. Her areas of interest include procurement transaction automation, e-marketplaces, e-sourcing, spend analysis, accounts payable automation… Read Full Bio

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Answering Ariba’s 9r1 Upgrade Call

by Debbie Wilson  |  October 15, 2009  |  2 Comments

You can pretty much assume that when I haven’t blogged for a while – something is up.  That has certainly been the case over the last month, as I have been buried with calls from Ariba customers of older on-premise products version 8.2 and 4.4 and older – asking about their options now that Ariba has formally ended support for these products.   Published newly this week is my note on the subject – (subscription required).   The whole situation is a good reminder to buyers to carefully review vendor contracts before signing them.  Its also a good heads up to vendors that it is in your best interest to help customers plan as far in advance as possible for upgrades.

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  • 1 Senthil   October 20, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Debbie,

    Most of the Ariba customers were waiting for quite some time to see whether to upgrade to 9r1 or to go for SAP SRM / Oracle iProc / Other Options. Customers were closely watching for some success / failure stories in 9r1 upgrade / implementations, to make a business case suiting thier business and get IT budget approvals. Now when Ariba have ended the 8.2 and 4.4 support they are pushed to make a decision and go for the deep dive. Hope Ariba’s results for the next 2 quarters reflect this :)

    Rgds,

    Senthil.

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