At the time this post goes live, I will be stuck in the 47th row (or something like that) of a Lufthansa flight with my family headed to the middle of nowhere in Europe and then rural New England to decompress until Labor Day. For those who know what I've been up to the past few weeks, decompression is probably the most accurate term. In preparation for leaving, I've written ahead so Spend Matters and Spend Matters PRO won't leave you wanting. I've counted something informally like 100,000 words or more between the two sites (including over half a dozen different product and vendor reviews) and some papers that are coming out. It's been a lot, that's for sure.
Our vendor updates and product reviews during this time will include TradeShift, IQNavigator, RollStream/GXS and many others on Spend Matters and Spend Matters PRO. We also have a great three-part series on private equity and procurement strategies, inspired by the recent NYT coverage of the topic.
Fortunately, during the time I'm gone, I've got some great support from my colleagues Sheena Moore, Thomas Kase, Peter Smith, and others who will be contributing across the sites during this sojourn. And if you're a provider who has briefed us in the past month or two, please don't despair if you don't see our analysis of your latest products while I'm gone. I prioritized older reviews that were aging (like a fine wine) before the latest briefings. We'll definitely get to your material this fall if it's a good fit with our coverage areas.
I'm looking forward to coming back refreshed and focused. And I already have some ideas of where I want our coverage to focus on in Q4, including:
- CPO-led sourcing and category management transformation programs -- what is changing, stakeholder engagement, how companies are deploying advanced tools and commodity and risk management intersections
- Finance-led hostile takeovers of procurement! Well not quite, but be prepared for finance to exert greater influence whether we like it or not
- The intersection of some of the latest P2P and e-invoicing products and innovative tools out there with finance, working capital management and related strategies
- The future of supplier networks (regardless of whether or not the SAP and Ariba deal closes; see our truly in-depth coverage of the DOJ's investigation of the transaction on Spend Matters PRO: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3
- Supplier management and overall compliance and risk intersections
- Everything services procurement, including continued coverage of complex/advanced categories and SOW enablement
- The evolution of management consulting and BPO models and how they're helping CPOs and CFOs (in different ways) in the current climate and into 2013
I hope you enjoy the content during the time I'm gone. You're in great hands with what I've written already and what the team is putting together.