Christiane Loup, Executive Director, Purchasing Management Association of Boston, Inc., 978/371-2522; email@example.com
Larry Giunipero, Ph.D., C.P.M., A.P.P.
Larry Giunipero, Ph.D., C.P.M., A.P.P., Florida State University, 850/644-8224; firstname.lastname@example.org
E-business and e-sourcing were going to revolutionize business models at the start of the century. Five years later we have made much progress but not the amount originally forecasted. The e-procurement landscape is still very vibrant even though certain e solutions failed to live up to their hype, while other ones succeeded. There are also new areas within eprocurement software automation that are emerging. Will these provide the gains that are promised or will they disappoint? While forecasting the future is always uncertain at best it is important to see what new technologies are promising and how they are going to help the purchaser as we move into the future.