Tradeshift and Ariba debate the future of business software

March 24, 2016 Tradeshift Editorial Team

The world of business looks astonishingly different from the inside compared to 20 years ago. Manual processes are automated, we communicate electronically, and lengthy supply chains are monitored digitally in real time. These efficiency gains have come as a result of advances in software functionality and availability. The coupling of Moore’s Law and heavy investment in technology served business well, providing a plethora of revenue-driving tools.

However, we’re now experiencing a disruptive generation shift towards a new model of software. Old, legacy systems are lagging and increasingly outdated. The speed at which a business can change and how it is able to orchestrate its network/ecosystem (suppliers, partners, distributors, etc) is increasingly determining who leads the pack and who follows. To keep up with the speed of global trade in goods and services, large companies are embracing cloud-born, open-network solutions. In many ways we stand at the cusp of a business shift likely to eclipse that of the past two decades.

The imperative for enterprise software to support constant change and be agile is permeating quickly throughout the c-suites of Fortune 500s. This was evident at Davos earlier in the year during the World Economic Forum where Tradeshift participated by facilitating discussions around two central themes on the minds of every leader — disruption and transformation.

A major highlight was a debate between Tradeshift’s Christian Lanng and SAP Ariba’s Alex Atzberger at the Tradeshift Sanctuary. The two technology leaders discussed what disruption means to them and why it’s never been more important for business leaders to embrace change. This conversation provided the genesis for the third report in our series on supply chain agility in the age of disruption.

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After Davos, Lanng and Atzberger had plenty of food for thought and decided the continue the conversation. Next they sat down with Dana Gardner of BriefingsDirect and laid it all out again on his podcast. We covered that interaction here and introduced many of the concepts covered in depth in the report. Give it a listen below.



The discussion was compelling enough to warrant further breakdown from the analysts. Dana Gardner and myself (Vishal Patel, Head of Solutions Marketing at Tradeshift), appeared on the ShiftHappens podcast to give our take.

Our report takes all these perspectives into account, weaving them in with industry reports and forecasts, to deliver a look into the future of software. Will the platforms of the future completely eclipse legacy models? Will apps be a driving force in how businesses leverage software? Get your copy of the full report to find out.

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