German ERP giant SAP has announced a bid to buy on-line commerce ISV Ariba for $4.3 billion. The deal is interesting for our market because Ariba provides an e-invoicing service, for which it has a deal with ReadSoft for conversion of paper invoices, as well as workflow. We’re not sure how much business ReadSoft generates from that partnership, but we’re thinking an acquisition by SAP would mean Ariba would convert to the Open Text platform for capture and worklfow because of SAP’s OEM agreement with them.
Then again, according to one article at least, there seems to be some notion that Oracle will make a counter bid for Ariba. This SAP bid is already seven times its expected 2013 revenue, so that’s certainly a good sign for B2B software entities, which is where most of the vendors in our market play. The press is playing up the deal as SAP ramping up its cloud strategy.