Yearly Archives: 2006

Sourcing Innovation Posts

Michael Lamoureux’s blog Sourcing Innovation has had a number of very creative and detailed posts lately that are good reading. Last week, he had a very “innovative” take on the 12 days of Christmas which is one of the better series of posts I have seen in the blogosphere. I recommend reading it and am mildly jealous I did not think of the idea. However, I cannot type or think as fast as Michael so I am much better off … More

2007 – The e-Sourcing Crystal Ball

At this, the end of the year, I decided to look forward to 2007, as best I could. My perspective is not as an analyst or professional prognosticator, but as an e-Sourcing software company. My opinions are shaped by what I hear from our active clients, what I hear from prospective clients, what I read, and other random inbound data points. Who knows if I know anything but that has not stopped me before. Plan on more M & A … More

Season’s Greetings

Most of the world will be taking a long weekend and maybe even next week off. Everyone at Iasta wishes all our clients and friends a happy holiday season. Next week, I will be posting my predictions for 2007 which might be insane or scary good! Only time will tell..

Forrester study on spend management

I scanned the recent report issued by Forrester titled: The Spend Management Market — How Big, Where Is It Growing, Who Are the Market Leaders. The presentation file is available here. Some of the findings that I thought were interesting included: e-Procurement and e-Sourcing usage is the strongest with 7700 and 2900 adopters, respectively In the same category, Spend Analysis lags well behind with only 400 adopters (amazing) Since 2001, the number of vendors providing sourcing and procurement solutions has … More

Spend Management Decade – Chapter II

Last month, about the same time Jason Busch over at Spend Matters was offering up his Reflections on Spend Management’s Decade, Mickey North Rizza of AMR put out the short article Procurement and Sourcing Technology Celebrates a Decade of Growth. In this piece (now restricted to AMR clients only), AMR projects that the supply management market is looking at a continued growth of 9% a year and that SaaS will continue to aid in the growth and demand is expected … More

25 Percent of New Business Software Will Be Delivered As Software As a Service by 2011

Taken directly from a Gartner report: Software as a service (SaaS) represented approximately 5 percent of business software revenue in 2005 and, by 2011, 25 percent of new business software will be delivered as SaaS, according to Gartner, Inc. SaaS is hosted software based on a single set of common code and data definitions that are consumed in a one-to-many model by all contracted customers, at any time, on a pay-for-use basis, or as a subscription based on usage metrics. … More

Sourcing, PLM Key to Private-Label Merchandising Success

A survey of 142 retailers and suppliers by the Retail Systems Alert Group (RSAG) clearly… More

3PL Study Looks at How’s and Why’s of Outsourcing

To provide insights into this $370 million market, Georgia Institute of Technology, in… More

Aberdeen: CPOs Focusing on “Managing People, Managing Spend”

According to a November 2006 survey from the Aberdeen Group, CPOs from best-in-class… More

Modules vs. Suites (and Ramblings on “Free”)

As an unbiased third party – I’m about as unbiased as you can get given the fact that I used to work for a bigger rival of Iasta’s and currently know just about every major vendor in the space and count many as consulting clients – I can say that the strategy that Iasta is going down by extending its SmartSource capability and not charging more for additional breadth and depth is a good one for practitioners. Because ultimately, it’s … More

Blog before you run

Blogging is still a relatively new concept to many people, so I thought a little explanation would be good for those who want to understand a little more about what all of this is. Per Wikipedia: A blog is a website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order. The term “blog” is derived from “Web log.” “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. … More

Arc Advisory Report Released

This week, Arc Advisory published its 5 year look at supplier relationship management, which is available on their website for a fee. Among the issues addressed were: Strategic Issues ARC has sized the 2006 SRM market at $1.56 billion. The worldwide market for SRM is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.2% over the next five years. How much of the Supplier Relationship Management market is attributable to each of the application categories? What application … More

Iasta SmartSource 7.0 Released

At long last, Iasta has finally released our newest version of SmartSource. I generally do not discuss happenings in Iasta-land on E-Sourcing Forum but this is significant from my perspective because we have been so excited about unleashing this monster, and, because it changes the e-Sourcing landscape even more with our expanding breadth across supply management. Although none of our competitors will ever admit it, Iasta is now a player in end to end supply management and we did it … More

True SaaS

The European Leaders Network recently ran an article entitled Procurement Technology: The Skills Deficit where the author attempts to clarify the difference between what SaaS is and what SaaS is not. The article points out that SaaS is not simply for the small to medium size enterprise, but for an organization of any size, even a large one, as it offers increased choice, flexibility, and scalability. Furthermore, it points out that software is only part of the solution – where … More

56% of Buyers have no influence over Temporary Labour Spend!

In a recent survey carried out by Supply Management (page 10, 2nd November issue), 100 buyers were asked does procurement have control of Temporary and interim agency staff? 56% said NO! A follow on article (Page 13) quoted that that in the UK, local government spent £2.2bn ($4.4bn) per year on temporary staff. This accounted for 10% of the UK’s temporary labour market. In the earlier article it is suggested that the best way to handle this spend was to … More