Aberdeen published their Market Alert on the Emptoris / DiCarta merger earlier today. You can download it for free on Aberdeen's site. In the brief, Sudy Bharadwaj and Vishal Patel argue that "Current Emptoris customers previously considering its fledgling contract management capabilities now have access to a top-notch solution with contract authoring, collaboration, repository, compliance, and analysis capabilities that are steps ahead of Emptoris' prior contract management capabilities." From what I learned earlier today, "steps ahead" does not begin to describe it. The new, integrated solution brings Emptoris from the rear of the pack to the front. It's a massive improvement, and one that has the potential to energize the Spend Management market around compliance. As further background on the potential of contract management, check out Aberdeen's recent benchmark report on the subject.