I had a quick conversation with Aberdeen's Sudy Bharadwaj last Friday. Last time I spoke to Sudy earlier in the year, he was evaluating whether or not to become an industry analyst. Based on our recent discussion, it's clear that he's made the right choice. But with Tim Minahan's departure in the middle of his start / hiring process at Aberdeen, Sudy certainly had some unexpected shoes to fill when joining the firm. The good news is that I can report that he's hitting the ground running and there's a number of good Spend Management research in the firm's pipeline. One upcoming report is focused on sell-side contract management (you can participate via this link) while others are examining such areas as direct materials procurement and category management. As I've said recently, it's critical that Aberdeen not rest on its laurels (scroll down for post). Sudy and his team must focus on continuing to produce a top notch product to carry their firm forward rather than relying on the reputation of those who have left. With Aberdeen competitor AMR Research cranking out some great analysis at the moment (stay tuned this week as we look at some of their latest research), the spring Spend Management analyst research season should be a great one to watch.