Ten Potential Procurement Headlines For the Second Half of 2012 (Part 1)

Someone asked me last week if I could suggest some headlines I see as likely to hit the newswires and business/trade press in the latter half of 2012. I told them that while I have no crystal ball, I do have a few ideas that might prove useful for providers and practitioners as they plan ahead for the rest of 2012 and into 2013. Pay particular note not to just names in the headlines (especially if they are practitioner organizations rather than providers), but others that might stand in their place as well. For example, we've used Boeing as a stand-in for any type of large A&D OEM. However, in the case of vendors, the names could very well represent more than just a proxy (decide for yourself). And remember, these are potential headlines based on our reading of what's going on the market. They haven't happened yet!

Without further ado...

  1. "Boeing forced to temporarily shudder production line due to failure of lower tier machining supplier in Europe during economic crisis" or, the more positive alternative "Boeing averts supply chain disruption with predictive analysis, as company mitigates potential disruption from lower-tier European supplier bankruptcies"
  2. "Commodity price movements prove just as disruptive on the downswing as buying organizations scramble to balance sourcing, contracting and supply risk management strategies together without the ability to adequately forecast and plan price movements"
  3. "Large inventory write-downs in distribution channel within EU, US and China as companies favor buying on spot as market prices continue to slide"
  4. "E-Invoicing and P2P market consolidation continues as Basware acquired by Oracle" ...or the alternatives: "Basware acquired by IBM," "Basware acquired by SAP," "Basware acquired by Infor,"
  5. "What SAS should have been: IBM and Opera Solutions compete against each other in a new market that leaves traditional consultants and vendors scrambling, leveraging competitive edge in market for predictive analytics and forecasting in procurement and supply chain"

Stay tuned as we continue this series. Got a headline of your own? Post it as a comment.

- Jason Busch

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