3. SAP Snaps Up Ariba For $4.3 Billion
SAP added to its cloud-based software portfolio this year with the $4.3 billion purchase of Ariba, which specializes in business commerce networking applications. In an arms race to snatch up smaller cloud software vendors, SAP's move was the biggest of the year. The ERP software giant said it would cease production of its own supplier-related applications and will sell comparable Ariba applications instead; in addition, SAP said it has started to integrate its enterprise software with the Ariba Network.