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Call for Strategic Sourcing Suite Vendors

by Debbie Wilson  |  April 28, 2009  |  16 Comments

Today I am kicking off the Magic Quadrant for Sourcing Application Suites update process – and calling for vendors that should be considered for inclusion.  (I have not decided on inclusion criteria yet – but definitely plan to cover a wider set of vendors than last year’s report, which featured Ariba, BravoSolution, CGI, Global eProcure, Emptoris, Oracle, Quadrem, SAP and SynerTrade.  The reason is that I see sourcing technology becoming more of a commodity- and locally delivered services to help with strategy, process, and vendor identification playing an important role in an organization’s success with these tools.)  Anyone I left out?   







eBid Systems





Global eProcure








MSA (Management Science Associates)

Oracle Agile

Oracle Sourcing


Perfect Commerce




SAP E-Sourcing


Siemens – eBreviate



Upside Software





Category: spend-analysis  strategic-sourcing  

Deborah R Wilson
Research Vice President
8 years at Gartner
15 years IT industry

Deborah Wilson, a Gartner research vice president, covers procurement strategies and applications. Her areas of interest include procure-to-pay, e-marketplaces, e-sourcing, spend analysis, services procurement and supply risk assessment. Read Full Bio

Thoughts on Call for Strategic Sourcing Suite Vendors

  1. chabannes says:

    Pleased to see that you will update the sourcing Magic Quadrant;

    For sure we will be very please to exchange and demonstrate the great improvement in just 12 months even in terms of business process, new customers and amazing results.

    Best regards, Patrick

  2. Charlie says:

    If you believe Sourcing software has become a commodity, then I do not see the point of doing a MQ analysis in this area. Since you have included anyone and everyone who has a website, then you should also include ebay, alibaba,, alibaba, amazon marketplace etc and other specialist vendors like Trade extensions, MetalJunction.

    Where is Zycus?

    Also does Portum still exist as a separate company?

    If you think, then you include FreeMarkets, Commerce One, Mindflow and all hundred other vendors who either folded, got bought out or simply MIA, thinking about their past glory.

    And how long does this process take to evaluate all these vendors. Couple of years !!!!

    What a waste of time?

  3. Don’t forget TradingPartners (, who operate a SaaS eSourcing platform. Founded in the UK, with operations in London, Chicago, Atlanta and Shanghai. The company has been around since 2001, is growing rapidly (about to open an office in Dallas), and is particularly strong in retail and midmarket manufacturing.

  4. Hi Debbie,

    You’re welcome to use our software to help collaborate and weight your criteria for this project! And Expert Choice software is used to collaboratively evaluate vendors and align sourcing decisions with strategic objectives.

    Good luck with your work!

  5. Terry Clark says:

    You should include Trade Extensions in your report. Formed in 2000, Trade Extensions are specialists in online procurement and optimization. Our sourcing platform is uniquely flexible, rapidly deployable and capable of handling the most complex bidding scenarios, making it ideally suited to strategic sourcing projects. Our optimization software is world-leading. The company has grown by over 150% since 2006 and has offices in Europe and the USA (Houston).

  6. Do not forget Scanmarket ( Offices in Danmark, UK, Germany and Atlanta, Georgia. Scanmarket has been in the market since 1999, and are highly experienced within eSourcing.

  7. and the flood gates open!!

    Debbie perhaps publish the qualifying criteria first and then invite additions to the list – just a thought.

  8. Hi Debbie, we do have strategic sourcing as well as P2P… would love to be invited to respond to your questionnaire.

  9. Thank you to consider including Ivalua in your analysis.
    Ivalua is one of the key e-sourcing players in Europe, existing since 2000, with a protfolio of large global accounts, and a 50 % annual growth for 5 years.

    Best regards


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  11. You should possibly consider Hubwoo ( – not related to my company, but a strong eSourcing suite in the EMEA region

  12. Monica Chang says:

    “The reason is that I see sourcing technology becoming more of a commodity”

    What context of strategic sourcing are you referring to? How could strategic sourcing be commodity. Are you referring to a very fixed scope/function/process, e.g., MRO procurement, auctioning or what?

    If you are referring to direct sourcing of retail and consumer products or private label merchandises (where the product ranges and requirements varies significantly), these are anything but commodized. If this is what you are referring to, my company Core Solutions ( should be considered.

    Based on below Gartner page -> Gartner is talking about outsourcing of IT services.

  13. Debbie, if you are covering solutions that cover both eSourcing and P2P (e.g. SciQuest) then please include – who operate a 100% multi-tenant, SaaS collaborative procurement solution. If you are covering specialist eSourcing play’s in isolation then please exclude Unimarket.

    Unimarket has operations in Australia, New Zealand and the United States with a focus on facilitating spend across higher education and now the fastest growing eProcurement-as-a-service provider in this space.

    Unique sourcing capabilities include (1) the ability for schools to collaborate across organizational boundaries to achieve economies of scale and breaks they wouldn’t otherwise achieve. (2) The ability for procurement managers to socially network during sourcing to ensure information is collaborated automatically and efficiently during buying decisions. (3) a clever web 2.0 user interface used to invite in trading partners for collaborative sourcing with preferred suppliers.


  14. Guy Frankling says:


    Do you have an estimated date that this updated report will be available?


  15. Debbie Wilson says:

    Thank you for all your comments – I am working now on the survey and project the report to be out in Q4 this year.

  16. Johannes says:

    Dear Ms Wilson

    Within my research regarding my bachelor thesis (Topic: State-of-the-Art of eSourcing-solutions) i found that blog.
    Is there a possibility to get a kind of compressed overwiew of the results (a detailed one would be even better *g*)

    In my opinion one entry should be corrected in your list: i think it should be A.T. Kearney and “eBreviate” and not Siemens and “eBreviate”

    Best regards

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