Microsoft Adopts SAP Ariba To Improve Supply Chain Management

Microsoft has teamed up with Intrigo Systems and SAP Ariba with a view to creating a platform that is modern and scalable and which will offer cost-effective and efficient manufacturing of such products as Surface computers and Xbox gaming console. This is expected to ensure that demand for its products is in line with the supply. The supply chain of the Redmond, Washington-based software giant is one of the world’s most complex.

“When we looked at our supply chain, it was clear we needed to build a flexible, scalable platform that could support the complexity of our hardware business. The Ariba® Network is the backbone for Xbox and Surface line of products supply chain,” Ali Khaki, the Principal PM of Supply Chain Engineering at Microsoft, said.

Supply chain management

The modern platform has assisted Microsoft in various areas including onboarding suppliers, anticipating and resolving problems in the supply chain as well as sharing inventory information, production quality, orders and forecasts with suppliers and contract manufacturers.

After the solutions were implemented with the support of Intrigo, the largest software maker in the world has begun seeing results. The commit process of suppliers has gone down from a period of three days to under half an hour while the supplier onboarding time has been cut from a period of 120 days to four days.

MariaDB Foundation

Microsoft’s adoption of SAP Ariba coincides with the software giant announced that it had joined MariaDB Foundation, this is the group which oversees MariaDB database development. The MariaDB database is a MySQL fork and its development and maintenance is carried out by many of those who originally contributed to MySQL before it became a part of Sun Microsystems and eventually oracle.

Sun Microsystems acquired MySQL’s parent company, MySQL AD, back in 2008. When Oracle announced its intentions of acquiring Sun Microsystems in 2009 there was fear in the MySQL community that the database would no longer be available as an open-source project. Consequently this resulted in the creation of the MariaDB fork in the same year.

Those fears have turned out to be justified since while the source code of MySQL is still published by Oracle, the development of the database is no longer open-source and is also not community-driven. MariaDB Foundation was formed in 2012 to avoid a repeat of what happened with MySQL. The foundation is the copyright holder of the contributions made by community members and its objective is to ensure the project remains community-driven.

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