James Marland


James Marland

About James Marland

James is responsible for defining and rolling out strategies for the Network with particular focus on Europe. He joined Ariba at the launch of the Ariba Network in 1998 after previously being a Solution Consultant at SAP America. In addition he has held the position of Director of Algorithms at Vendavo, an SAP Partner in the area of Pricing. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Southampton University. Follow James's twitter feed at @JamesMarland

Fordlandia And The End Of The Vertically Integrated Company

14-Feb-2018 | James Marland

At River Rouge, Michigan, Henry Ford set up a company that would produce a million tractors a year. It was to include a blast furnace that would allow him to bring iron ore in on boats and turn the or

A “Cambrian Explosion” Of Opportunity

1-Jun-2017 | James Marland

At SAPPHIRE NOW last week, Bill McDermott invited Michael Dell on stage to talk about digital transformation. Michael offered an interesting metaphor, noting that there is a “Cambrian Explosion of

History Of Digital In 3 Business Cards

1-Dec-2016 | James Marland

Look carefully at your old business cards; they tell the story of an increasingly digital world. When I got new business cards through the years, I always kept one and flung it in the back of the

A Slick Baton Change Wins The Olympics And Is The Key To Any Value Chain

29-Aug-2016 | James Marland

I was at the Olympics in Rio and saw one of my favorite events, the 4x100m sprint relay. Above is my view of the third baton change, with Usain Bolt. There's something special about the skill and d

Even Monopoly Is Going Digital

2-Mar-2016 | James Marland

Everyone is looking to take paper out of their business. Even the latest version of Monopoly now has gone digital. According to this article, Hasbro has introduced a version of Monopoly that elimin

Back To The Future Day: What Have We Learned About Predictions? [VIDEO]

30-Oct-2015 | James Marland

In the movie Back to the Future 2,  many predictions were made about 2015 – some spot on and some way off the mark. Now that October 21, 2015 is actually here – the day Michael J. Fox’s Marty M

Businessmen Shaking Hands

Procurement: Art Or Science? [VIDEO]

31-Jul-2015 | James Marland

Is the procurement job more of an art or science? That’s the question I asked procurement professionals for the first episode of our new “Talking Shop with Procurement” video series. As you’ll