Ariba Updates E-Procurement Software

Ariba Inc. Tuesday will release an updated version of its Ariba Buyer electronic-procurement software. The new version of the software supports seven languages and multiple currencies, including the euro.

Analysts described the new multinational functionality as vital for the Mountain View, Calif., software maker to sell into the world's largest companies.

"Right now, rollouts [of Ariba's software] are based primarily in the U.S. This will definitely add to their ability to execute globally," said Carl Lenz, an analyst at Gartner Group Inc. in Stamford, Conn.

Ariba said other new features include a simpler, more intuitive user interface and an option that enables a company to deploy a single instance of the software in a central location but lets company users worldwide tap into the system in their preferred language.

Ariba said its user base comprises more than 200 global companies, including Hewlett-Packard Co., where some 20,000 employees use the software; Chevron Corp.; and Texaco Inc.

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