CVM Solutions was the last remaining small, independent provider of supplier enrichment content and software. SciQuest acquired its closest rival, AECSoft, earlier this year (the announcement was made last December, however). CVM had made a bit of a splash in the sector moving to the Force.com development platform and stack, and away from a .Net development environment. The company had been rumored to have been on the acquisition block, which makes sense, as its solutions are certainly a better fit wrapped around a broader offering with the reach a larger, more established organization can provide. CVM's supplier management bread and butter over the years stemmed largely from the relationships it developed through selling supplier diversity content and enrichment data. Much like AECSoft, it used these relationships to get a foot in the door to sell broader supplier management (e.g., enablement, risk, diversity) and supplier enrichment software and content deals.
For those outside the industry, the deal might seem a bit like a synergistic stretch. But under the surface, there appears to be a significant amount of synergy (stay tuned as we investigate this further). And more broadly speaking, the likely forthcoming announcement is representative of a significant ramping of new large company interest in the supplier management market. In fact, we've heard from half a dozen often large and brand name organizations in recent months that are either getting into this market or are curious about it. Many appear to be targeting the vetting, qualification, monitoring and enablement of global suppliers with ideas that span a range of onsite services, software capabilities and enabling content.
Spend Matters believes this pending announcement is exciting news for the sector, and its ability to provide broader reach for CVM will apply pressure to global market leaders such as D&B, Bureau Van Dijk and others to innovate. It could also serve as a catalyst to drive consortia models like Achilles in new directions and geographies. Last, it's also the second major acquisition in the supplier management market in recent months, following on the heels of Emptoris' acquisition to buy Xcitec, a Germany-based provider of applications in the area. Stay tuned for further analysis of the acquisition shortly.
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