If you've got a few minutes at your computer this weekend, be sure to visit Spend Matters as our weekend series continues. Akoya's Brett Holland will build on his initial guest post from last weekend, taking a look at how best to seize control of cost management for direct materials. Incidentally, when I was up in Boston this week, I had a chance to meet aPriori's John Busa, who leads up marketing for another vendor in a related area to Akoya. 2007 will be a critical year for both companies, and I wish them both continued success. Because direct materials cost management and cost knowledge are areas that manufacturers can no longer afford to ignore. Check back this weekend to find out why.