A geek at heart, I'm always interested in disruptive technologies that might be lurking around the corner. What might be one such vendor in the Spend Management world? Search and navigation provider Endeca might very well fill the bill. While Endeca has only recently begun to spin its offering around procurement and spend visibility, they have tremendous potential to turn a search and navigation interface which makes today's spend cube feel and work like ENIAC into a revolutionary procurement tool, with a functional design and UI that helps unearth opportunities that were previously impossible to find. While it's early going in the Spend Management world for Endeca, I have no doubt we'll be hearing more from them. And when we do, all of the existing incumbents in the spend analysis world would do well to take notice.
- Jason Busch