Tomorrow I’ll be traveling a short distance to attend the annual Emptoris Empower 2010 customer conference being held in Boston.  This strategic sourcing, procurement and contract management technology provider has been on a roll of late, taking maximum advantage of the need to control material costs across many industry settings.

Empower is conference which I look forward to attending every year since the Emptoris management team has been very forthcoming in granting industry analysts and bloggers access to customer attendees. I especially look forward to the annual executive luncheon, where as a community, we can share and exchange viewpoints and perspectives with invited customers and Emptoris executives.  This year, there will be the opportunity to sit and have dialogue with quite a number of chief procurement officers and as in previous years, I look forward to sharing current insights on that state of strategic sourcing and procurement.  I especially have interest in checking-in on that state of supply chain risk management from the view of the procurement and sourcing executive.  At last year’s luncheon, I introduced this topic, and to my surprise, the majority of executives attending did not view procurement as the prime driver of risk assessment and management.

Regarding Emptoris itself, a new and transformed management team has been clearly focused on getting closer to customer needs, while making implementation of its technology easier for customer to navigate and manage.  A five step transformation framework was adopted and I’ll be checking for customer feedback on the benefits of this model. Last year, the company acquired the former Click Commerce contract and service management business which is now re-branded as Emptoris Services Procurement.  It will be interesting to also check on progress from various viewpoints.   Finally, I like my fellow bloggers, remain curious as to which deployment option, traditional license of Software-as-a-Service has been garnering the most attractiveness for current deployments.

Stay tuned to Supply Chain Matters for additional updates.