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The Gartner Procurement Q4 2009 Heat Map

by Debbie Wilson  |  December 24, 2009  |  3 Comments

I took advantage of a bit of quiet time this lovely Christmas Eve to update the heat map for my end-user client interactions this quarter.  Here are some interesting take-aways: 

  • I spoke directly with eighty-five unique end user organizations, up from 82 in Q4 2008
  • Hottest topics are Procure-to-pay (level from Q3); enterprise contract management applications (up slightly from Q3); and strategic sourcing solutions, both suites and stand-alone applications (up from Q3). 
  • Coolest topics include services procurement (down from Q3); procurement MDM (level from Q3); and vendor vulnerability assessment (down slightly from Q3).  

Some thoughts on the results – it seems that procurement groups have moved out of “panic mode” and a focus on cost cutting strategies, vendor vulnerability, and utilizing e-procurement to slow down spend.  Now the view is towards spending analysis, strategic sourcing suites and supply base management – solutions that deliver longer-term, sustain able costs.  Big dollar, large project topics like procurement MDM remain on the back burner.  All in all – I feel optimistic that these statistics point toward a recovering economy, and an environment that isn’t “abandon procurement, refocus on CRM,” but more like “Let’s build on our investment.”  What a lovely Christmas present for the procurement profession!

Category: contract-management  e-procurement  master-data-management  procurement-heat-map  procurement-market-research  reverse-auctions  spend-analysis  strategic-sourcing  supplier-performance-management  vendor-vulnerability  

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 The Gartner Procurement Q4 2009 Heat Map

  1. Snorting Donkey says:

    “I took advantage of a bit of quite time this lovely Christmas…” –> you mean “quiet”, right?

  2. Debbie Wilson says:

    Yes I did – thank you!

  3. Neil Gubby says:

    Picky Picky, Snorting Donkey.

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