There is an ecosystem of large information and analytics providers (e.g., IHS) that will need strong technology partnerships or native technology capabilities to generate the information and insights they need to sell to the market – especially as application/network/platform providers are increasingly generating their own native insights from their installed bases. Additionally, supply intelligence is drawn from highly fragmented and unstructured data that is littered across the web and also behind the firewall in numerous desktop and other unstructured data sources (e.g., SharePoint).
Managing the combination of structured and unstructured data requires a strong capability in content management (taxonomy and metadata management, content discovery, content curation, etc.) and there are similar platform/ecosystem battles occurring in this area too (e.g., Drupal vs. WordPress communities). Likewise, there is role for unleashing the type of auto-classification technology that was originally applied to spend data (remember Zycus, Tigris, Softface and Zeborg … anyone, anyone?) before these tools became integrated into broader spend analytics and source-to-pay suites.