I heard this week from a few friends and colleagues who attended Aberdeen's CPO Summit event that Bob Shecterle has joined the firm as an analyst covering the Spend Management sector. For those who don't know Bob, you should. Before his latest gig, he recently spent time leading up product marketing for Ariba and previously was at Peoplesoft (earlier in his career, he cut his chops as a consultant with a predecessor to one of the Big 5 firms). I've known Bob for a few years and have got to say that I think he'll fit in well in the analyst world. He has the combination of domain expertise and a socially outward approach that will serve him well in his new role. As for Aberdeen, it will be interesting to see with Bob's addition whether the firm will move back towards becoming more of a traditional analyst house than a lead generation provider with a research/analyst-esque component. But above all, one thing that Bob should focus on immediately is overcoming the perception of the quality of source data which forms the basis of Aberdeen's analysis (which is considered circumspect by a number of industry observers that I have spoken with).