Over the past couple of weeks, I've taken copious notes on Emptoris' most recent release as well as their solution roadmap. From a pre-conference briefing to digging into the products in the demo-area to listening to the 2009 roadmap, I finally feel that I've got a clear picture of what is to come. Stay tuned next week for this analysis as I tackle the latest releases as well as what to expect down the road. Not surprisingly, there are no real solution breakthroughs -- most of what is new and planned represent incremental enhancements. Though I will say Emptoris did debut an SPSS-like sourcing Excel plug-in that allows for quick-and-dirty statistical bid analysis that category and sourcing managers will find quite useful to say the least. But more on that -- not to mention Emptoris' other enhancements -- in a series of forthcoming posts that you'll find next week on Spend Matters.