Ariba Adds PPG as New Customer; Global Glass, Coating and Chemicals Supplier Selects Ariba Spend Management for Visibility and Analysis of $5.5 B Annual Spend

Ariba(R) Inc., the leading Enterprise Spend Management (ESM) solutions provider, today announced that PPG Industries recently selected Ariba Spend Management software and services to provide visibility into its $5.5 billion annual spend, and improve management, analysis and reporting of this spend.

PPG will use Ariba(R) Analysis(TM) as an integral part of the company's purchasing process to identify price anomalies and saving opportunities, to select commodities for sourcing events and to provide detailed reporting and analytical capabilities that lead to smarter and better sourcing decisions.

"In order for the company to better leverage its purchasing dollar, increase purchasing efficiencies and reduce costs, we first need to understand our spending patterns and see where the opportunities for savings and improvement lie," said Jim Polak, director of General Purchasing, PPG. "We feel that the analytical functionality and reporting capabilities of the Ariba Analysis solution, combined with the company's deep spend management knowledge and deployment expertise will enable us to meet corporate-wide transformational goals."

"When seeking spend management success, PPG made a wise decision to first gain visibility into current spending habits, and to develop a common repository of spend data for analysis, tracking and reporting," said Michael Schmitt, EVP Marketing and Strategy, Ariba, Inc. "We look forward to working with PPG to help them identify savings opportunities and make more informed purchasing decisions, that significantly impact the bottom line."

Once implemented, the Ariba Analysis solution will house about 20 million line items from multiple back-end systems at PPG including Oracle Financials, MFG-Pro, and other legacy accounts payable systems. The Ariba Analysis tool will give visibility to this consolidated data to over 200 users across various business areas such as purchasing, accounting, legal and internal audit. The Ariba Solutions Delivery team will provide functional and technical best practice knowledge and experience to define key processes and requirements to help PPG achieve its business objectives.

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