"I've always been a fan and student of history (and in fact picked up a graduate degree in the subject before heading into consulting and later procurement). All too often, I think we fail to appreciate the lessons of the past. This is especially true when it comes to business, where memories are often the shortest of all.
This three-part series traces the evolution of the procurement software market with a focus not on modules and applications, but on the ways in which we actually use technology to generate value. I will explore how solutions have progressed over time, not only as technology has gotten more sophisticated but also as the procurement function has evolved and new expectations have been placed on it by the business and shareholders alike."