SAP Ariba targets manufacturers with cloud-based service

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SAP Ariba and SAPtoday have launched Manufacturing Network, a cloud-based platform that connects companies with manufacturing service providers for collaborating on design through procurement execution.

The aim is to enable companies to optimise production and costs and open the door to innovations and new operating models such as 3D printing and manufacturing as a service that can fuel business growth.

“Manufacturing today is more distributed and global than ever before” said Vasee Rayan, vice president, solutions management at Ariba Network. “To do it well, companies must connect people, processes, things and information, and that’s what networks are all about.”

Manufacturing Network is delivered as part of the SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud Suite, and it integrates with SAP Ariba Sourcing and the Ariba Network, enabling manufacturers and service providers, including suppliers of 3D and computer numerical control (CNC) printing services and materials, original equipment manufacturers, and technical certification companies, to connect and collaborate across the entire manufacturing process, from design, quality objectives and part production through procurement execution, in a simple, efficient manner.

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