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About Tim Minahan

SVP, Global Network Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer
Tim Minahan

Tim is responsible for strategy development and execution for the Ariba Network, the world’s largest and most global business network. He also oversees the design and execution of messaging and marketing operations at Ariba, an SAP company. Tim joined Ariba from Procuri, Inc., where he was senior vice president of Marketing.

Tim is a widely recognized expert on business-to-business network, social media, supply chain management, and technology issues. Before Procuri, Tim was chief services officer at Aberdeen Group — advising the world’s largest supply chain and technology companies. Tim has a bachelor’s degree from Boston College.

Posts by Tim Minahan:

When In Rome: Do as the Top Procurement and Finance Pros Do
March 24, 2014 / 0 COMMENTS
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As procurement and finance professionals, you are under increasing pressure to hold down costs, increase efficiency and productivity, and optimize cash flow. You are also looking to continue to improve your professional skills, enhance your team performance, and drive innovation into the business. That’s why the industry’s leading procurement and accounts payable (AP) professionals make Read the full article…

Big Data Gets Bigger
January 15, 2013 / 2 COMMENTS
Big Data Gets Bigger

Nearly 14 billion years ago, massive forces of gravity and friction converged to spark the big bang that gave life to the universe as we know it. Today, the same type of convergence is occurring in the business world. After years of technological innovation and aggressive IT investment, companies now sit atop a vast volume Read the full article…

Is the U.S. the Next Low-Cost Region: Redux?
December 10, 2012 / 16 COMMENTS
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In my experience by the time a trend gets picked up by the mainstream media, it is already firmly entrenched (and possibly on the decline). So when I came across no fewer than five articles and news reports this weeks touting brand-name manufacturers – from Apple to GE – bringing production back onshore, I knew Read the full article…

What’s Next for Business Networks? Look Inside.
December 4, 2012 / 2 COMMENTS
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There’s no disputing it. We live in a networked world. No matter what we do – whether paying the tab at dinner or calling a cab – our interactions are enabled and enhanced by some invisible network that connects us all. I was reminded of this point this week in a most unlikely place:  while Read the full article…

Sustainable Supply Chain in Action: McGraw-Hill
October 31, 2012 / 0 COMMENTS
Corporate Social Responsibility

In a recent podcast with Made-in-a-Free World (MIAFW) founder Justin Dillon we examined how the benefits of being a globally Networked Enterprise come with a responsibility for socially and environmentally responsible business practices. McGraw-Hill is one company that has embraced this tenet, making sustainability a core pillar of its networked business model. The publisher, which uses Read the full article…

Slavery: The Biggest Supply Chain Risk You Never Knew Existed
October 30, 2012 / 0 COMMENTS
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There are slaves in your supply chain. There, I said it. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) there are more than 20 million forced laborers around the world today. And, although it unfathomable, it is likely that some of those slaves work for you or your suppliers. Recent high-profile cases have uncovered forced labor Read the full article…

Forget Social, Businesses Want to Collaborate
October 8, 2012 / 0 COMMENTS
Forget Social, Businesses Want to Collaborate

Forbes.com  asked me to share my views on the role of social media in business. I was initially uncomfortable with the topic, as I’m not certain businesses want to be ‘social’ as much as they want to improve collaboration and knowledge management around core business processes. (That’s a debate for another post.) Regardless, I took Read the full article…

Networked Enterprises Outpace Peers in Every Category of Business Performance
October 5, 2012 / 0 COMMENTS
Social Connections

Last year, McKinsey & Company reported the initial findings of its examination into how the world’s businesses are beginning to use social media and business networks to enhance collaboration and productivity within the enterprise and across the supply chain. (The consultant recently released a more detailed tome of real-world networked-enterprise case studies, which we will Read the full article…

Why Do You Buy Tech?
October 2, 2012 / 0 COMMENTS
Innovation Light Bulb

Yesterday we examined how InformationWeek 500 companies were prioritizing investments in business networks, cloud computing, mobile apps, and advanced analytics. What’s even more compelling than what types of IT these top innovators are using, is why they’re using it.   According to InformationWeek study of the top 500 IT innovators, the top three reasons business Read the full article…

Network Collaboration, Cloud, Mobile, and Big Data Top List of Initiatives by IT Innovators
October 1, 2012 / 1 COMMENTS
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Every great transition in business is forged by a group of pioneers. First movers that capitalize on new technologies and process approaches to drive up profits and competitive advantage for their companies; and to establish new models for business. With the rapid adoption and convergence of cloud, mobile, analytics, and social and business networks, we Read the full article…

New Rules for Business Collaboration: Insights from IDC
September 25, 2012 / 0 COMMENTS
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A few years back, Thomas Friedman’s best-seller, The World is Flat, forewarned us how shifting economic power, new trade policies and capabilities, and advances in technology are blurring the geographic boundaries that once separated global economies. Soon your enterprise will be flat too. In a recent video interview, Michael Fauscette, IDC’s Group Vice President for Read the full article…

Welcome to The Networked Economy
September 20, 2012 / 0 COMMENTS
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This is not your father’s business environment. Changing global demographics and mega-shifts in how technology is delivered, accessed, and used are dramatically changing the way we live, engage, and work. Thanks to the rapid convergence of the cloud, mobile computing, and social and business networks, we are now more connected. We are more enabled to Read the full article…