Kudos to Combine Net for starting a blog of their own. More of these focused efforts are desperately needed in the sector. Just as Iasta originally took the initiative with E-Sourcing Forum (and was later joined by Procuri's Supply Excellence), I can see a scenario where best of breed providers put blogs at the center of their marketing strategy to promote their areas. Why? Consider that the media and analysts might cover a topic on a monthly (at best) basis, but a blog can cover it everyday. I could see a vibrant vendor-sponsored Spend Management blog ecosystem with focused efforts on such areas as supply performance management, spend visibility, supply risk management, contract management, global sourcing, and supplier enablement, as just a start.
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