Not that titles matter, but I recently saw that Vance Checketts was promoted to Vice President over at Aberdeen. While it was not clear to all before, it should be now -- Vance is running Aberdeen's supply management research. I had the opportunity to connect with Vance at Sapphire which gave us the chance to trade thoughts on the overall sector and where things are headed. Most of this was done while I was completely out of breath as Vance dogged me on the hills of Atlanta during an early morning jog.
For vendors, consultants and practitioners who do not know Vance, you should. He's a fountain of insight and opinions on the sector. You owe it to yourself to get to know him. Whether it's debating the importance of supplier enablement or digging into category specific sourcing and risk management strategies, Vance has got an excellent generalist perspective on Spend Management which belies his technology-focused background at Oracle.