Over lunch today, I read a short blurb in the print version of Crain's Chicago that mentioned AT Kearney’s partners were close to finalizing a management buyout from EDS. For the sake of the Spend Management market, let's hope this happens quickly. This deal has been a long-time coming. A few months ago, I posted a blog on Kearney's options and suggested a management buyout as a possibility. Regardless of what happens in the end, everyone can agree that it's time for a divorce. ATK has floundered inside the bloated, over-hyped underbelly of outsourcer EDS for far too long. From a talent standpoint, it was bit like Lyle Lovett marrying Julia Roberts (you can guess who I believed was the more talented of the two in that case). But that odd-couple marriage broke up rather quickly, unlike this one (OK, extra points for anyone who got the Lovett reference in the title of this post). But getting back to Spend Management, I believe that a strong, independent AT Kearney could help turbo-charge the growth of the overall sector. Let's hope this rumor proves true!