Ariba has recently posted a few nicely done vidoes on its Supply Excellence blog and these new videos end with an oblique reference to I’m naturally curious, so I went to the URL.

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There, I discovered Ariba Exchange. Though I couldn’t find anything describing what I had just found, a little random pointing-and-clicking revealed what appears to be a very targeted social network of sorts. Think of LinkedIn customized specifically for spend management professionals, only with a more pleasing user interface.

Ariba Exchange – which I could not find an announcement for – features discussion boards, polls, videos, and more. Despite the initial low profile – any new technology release should be given time for working the bugs out before declaring it the best thing since sliced bread – Ariba Exchange seems to have gotten some early participation and features interesting discussions on topics like reverse auction formats and spend classification.

Because I haven’t received any press release information from Ariba, I’m not sure how much they are going to plug it. But it made a favorable first impression on me and, assuming that Ariba continues to dedicate sufficient resources to it, I expect that Ariba Exchange will become a useful destination on the Web for gaining and exchanging knowledge. Check it out for yourself at

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Charles Dominick, SPSM
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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