Earlier in August, JDA Software announced that it was acquiring i2. For those who aren't familiar with i2, the once high-flying supply chain management player had dabbled quite a bit in the Spend Management world as well, but never really seemed to get traction with its products. Even though I doubt that it's JDA's intent, they could absolutely now become a player in the source-to-pay world with some of i2's old technology assets, should they chose to take them off the shelf and dust them off. Only time will tell if they go down this path, but stranger things have happened. For example, who would have thought that a niche player like JDA would end up gobbling up both Manugistics and i2 for literally a penny or two on the dollar compared with what they were once worth.
- Jason Busch