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Market Informed Sourcing -- Procurement expert Peter Smith discusses how advanced sourcing tools can release significant benefits, but only if procurement reconsiders and adapts fundamental 'category management' thinking processes.

D&B rolls out enhanced analytics.
What's the Trouble With Supplier Analytics? -- This week, D&B marks a significant milestone: our global database is now more than 200 million businesses strong. Quality business insights to help companies make confident decisions have always been the cornerstone of our business. But as we celebrate this milestone, the real question for our customers will always be, "What are the best ways I can use this information for my business success?"

Oh good.
Private Sector Adds 91,000 Jobs -- Private businesses added slightly more jobs than expected in September, according to a report released Wednesday, even as a separate release noted a surge in layoffs last month. Meanwhile, the U.S. nonmanufacturing sector had little change in business conditions in September, according to data released Wednesday by the Institute for Supply Management. Employment fell and price pressures eased. Private-sector jobs in the U.S. rose by 91,000 last month, according to a national employment report published by payroll processor Automatic Data Processing Inc. and consultancy Macroeconomic Advisers.

Local hires.
Hiring Locally for Farm Work Is No Cure-All -- How can there be a labor shortage when nearly one out of every 11 people in the nation are unemployed? That's the question John Harold asked himself last winter when he was trying to figure out how much help he would need to harvest the corn and onions on his 1,000-acre farm here in western Colorado. The simple-sounding plan that resulted -- hire more local people and fewer foreign workers -- left Mr. Harold and others who took a similar path adrift in a predicament worthy of Kafka.

What's goin' on with Oracle.
Oracle's Exalytics: "Old Wine in New Wineskins" -- Larry Ellison announced the latest in his "Exa" parade, called Oracle Exalytics. Here is my take on the announcement and why it is nothing more than the proverbial "old wine in new wineskins": First, some context. In September 2010, during the Oracle earnings call, it was stated that SAP's move into building an in-memory database (SAP HANA) was SAP's biggest mistake, and Oracle vowed it would beat SAP to market with an in-memory database appliance. SAP was first to market in November 2010, shipping SAP HANA, a state-of-the-art, in-memory analytic appliance, with innovative analytic capability to handle today's "Big Data" problems in real-time. Now, in October 2011, Oracle has finally shipped Exalytics, which stakes claims to in-memory analytics --nearly a year after SAP launched SAP HANA. Besides being first to market, SAP HANA is also significantly more innovative, as I will describe.

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