First Data buys in Ariba

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First Data says that using the software has improved the management of supply and services procurement by electronically aggregating enterprise-wide spending from user desktops and directing this to preferred suppliers, resulting in reduced costs, streamlined processes, and improved trading partner relationships.

An implementation team from Andersen, Ariba and First Data integrated the Ariba procurement solution with three ERP systems from Oracle, GEAC, and PeopleSoft. To date, about 2,000 First Data suppliers are commerce-enabled and conducting electronic transactions, with several suppliers using Ariba PunchOut which allows the First Data user to access a supplier's web site to gather purchasing information, and then return to the Ariba Buyer application to complete the purchase. First Data is also using Ariba's P-Card functionality for automated electronic invoicing, payment, and settlement, further reducing operating costs.

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