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Sourcing Advisors?
Putting An End To The Conflict Of Interest Among Some Sourcing Advisors -- Service providers continue to battle it out in the über competitive market for large annual multi-million dollar contracts. Market makers who serve as sourcing advisors, (i.e. management consultants, analysts, or vendor specialists) often influence the outcome of large sourcing contracts and system integration projects. Consequently, more and more service providers seek to influence sourcing advisors.

Mobile fuel price mapping?
GE Gambles on Fuel-Price Mapping -- GE Capital Fleet Services released a new mobile application today that helps cash-strapped car owners track down cheap gasoline.

American is back on Expedia.
Expedia and American in a Fare Agreement -- Consumers searching for flight information will once again be able to find American Airline fares on the Web sites of Expedia and its affiliate, Hotwire -- effective immediately -- now that the two companies have ended a standoff over fees and how the travel information should be delivered.

The World's 10 Most Innovative Companies, And How They Do It -- You can spend all you want on innovation, but you can't guarantee success. In fact, the most innovative companies are not necessarily the biggest spenders, according to Booz & Company's recent global innovation study. What matters instead? The ability to build the right innovation capabilities to connect with the overall business strategy and other critical capabilities.

- Sheena Moore

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