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MasterCard and Ariba Join Forces to Automate Integration of Corporate and Purchasing Card Programs for Companies Around the World.

PURCHASE, N.Y. and SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- MasterCard Worldwide, the leading global payment solutions company and Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq:ARBA), the leading spend management solutions provider, today announced an agreement to enhance payment solutions for companies around the world. Under this agreement, Ariba and MasterCard will connect enhanced transaction data from the MasterCard global data repository with Ariba Supplier Network[TM], resulting in integration of purchasing and corporate card programs available for companies globally.

By combining enhanced data from the MasterCard global data repository with Ariba Supplier Network, companies will be able to eliminate many of the inefficiencies commonly associated with invoice reconciliation and expense reporting, streamline reconciliation and accounts payable processing, improve control over maverick spending, and enhance overall policy compliance.

"Our leadership in building integration solutions has made it possible for many companies to optimize their corporate card programs, but this innovative alliance extends those cost and time savings to their purchasing card programs. Now, companies with MasterCard Corporate and Purchasing card programs will have a single seamless and automated way to further optimize those programs," said Steve Abrams, Group Executive, Global Commercial Products, MasterCard Worldwide. "Purchasing card programs are coming under increasing corporate scrutiny, and industry research shows that 69% of companies expect purchasing card spending to increase or significantly increase over the next three years, according to a 2005 Purchasing Card Benchmark Survey Report by RPMG Research. As a pioneer in the integration of corporate card data, we are pleased to work with Ariba to further help companies optimize programs and uncover untapped savings."

"Companies do not want separate tools for Pcard purchase orders, Pcard and corporate card reporting, and reconciliation. They want integrated, streamlined Procure-to-Pay solutions," said Bob Solomon, Senior Vice President, Growing Enterprise Business, Ariba. "The integration of MasterCard enhanced data with Ariba Supplier Network allows companies with MasterCard Corporate and Purchasing card programs to reconcile their card-based transactions with their procurement tools and deliver on the promise of fewer systems to manage and easier processes."

About MasterCard Worldwide

MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link between financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes close to 14 billion payments each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial institution customers and merchants. Through its family of brands, including MasterCard[R], Maestro[R] and Cirrus[R], MasterCard Worldwide serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information go to

About Ariba, Inc.

Ariba, Inc. is the leading provider of spend management solutions to help companies realize rapid and sustainable bottom line results. Successful companies around the world in every industry use Ariba Spend Management[TM] software and services. Ariba can be contacted in the U.S. at 1.650.390.1000 or at

Ariba, the Ariba logo, AribaLIVE and SupplyWatch are registered trademarks of Ariba, Inc. Ariba Spend Management, Ariba Spend Management. Find it. Get it. Keep it., Ariba. This is Spend Management, Ariba Solutions Delivery, Ariba Analysis, Ariba Buyer, Ariba Category Management, Ariba Category Procurement, Ariba Contract Compliance, Ariba Contracts, Ariba Contract Management, Ariba Contract Workbench, Ariba Data Enrichment, Ariba eForms, Ariba Electronic Invoice Presentment and Payment, Ariba Invoice, Ariba Sourcing, Ariba Spend Visibility, Ariba Travel and Expense, Ariba Procure-to-Pay, Ariba Workforce, Ariba Supplier Network, Ariba Supplier Connectivity, Ariba Supplier Performance Management, Ariba PunchOut, Ariba QuickSource, PO-Flip, Ariba Settlement, Ariba Spend Management Knowledge Base, Ariba Ready, Ariba Supply Lines, Ariba Supply Manager, Ariba LIVE and It's Time for Spend Management are trademarks or service marks of Ariba, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Ariba Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act 1995: Information and announcements in this release involve Ariba's expectations, beliefs, hopes, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future and are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to Ariba as of the date of the release, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could differ materially from our current expectations. Factors that could cause or contribute to Ariba's operating and financial results to differ materially from its current expectations include, but are not limited to: delays in development or shipment of new versions of Ariba's products and services; lack of market acceptance of Ariba's existing or future products or services; inability to continue to develop competitive new products and services on a timely basis; introduction of new products or services by major competitors; the ability to attract and retain qualified employees; difficulties in assimilating acquired companies; long and unpredictable sales cycles and the deferrals of anticipated orders; declining economic conditions; inability to control costs; changes in the company's pricing or compensation policies; significant fluctuations in our stock price; the outcome of and costs associated with pending or potential future regulatory or legal proceedings; the impact of our acquisitions, including the disruption or loss of customer, business partner, supplier or employee relationships; and the level of costs and expenses incurred by Ariba as a result of such transactions. Factors and risks associated with its business, including a number of the factors and risks described above, are discussed in Ariba's Form 10-K filed December 1, 2006.
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