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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

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A Great Reference Book for Spend Analysis

by Debbie Wilson  |  November 17, 2009  |  1 Comment

I hope Kirit Pandit, an industry professional that I really respect – accepts this blog posting as a semi-apology or at least a firm clarification of a comment I made to him recently.  My fairly caustic remark was about someone who wrote a book on procurement technology (I’m not naming names or the specific topic here sorry) and I stated that this particular work was much a more of a poorly conceived attempt to further this person’s career along than an authoritative or worthwhile contribution on the subject.  

Anyway, I’m working on a research note on top processes in procurement – and as I go through my final edit I have referred to Pandit’s book, “Spend Analysis, the Window Into Strategic Sourcing” for precise language on OLAP and spend cubes.   This isn’t the first time I’ve used Pandit’s book as a reference, and I recommend it as good material for anyone who wants a better understanding of spend analysis.  

So Kirit, my follow-up comment that the barb was not intended for you was sincere, and here is my public apology to prove it.  And to my readers – here’s a disclaimer – Pandit works for Emptoris, and my recommendation of the book should not be confused with an evaluation of Emptoris’ spend analysis product.  That bit of work will be published in the upcoming refresh of the magic quadrant for strategic sourcing suites.

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  • 1 spend analysis   March 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    May be it could be good reference book for spend analysis. Howerver this book may be more valuable to procurement/purchsing professional when it can be coupled with aberdeen’s latest spend analysis report.