It has been 5 years and 2 companies for me, but I am excited to see Exchangebecoming a reality!  As Product Manager for Procuri's TotalSource and now as Solution Manager of Ariba's Sourcing Solution, I have thought an online community like Exchangewould bring great value to our customers.  Never did I imagine the community to be as varied and functional as Exchange!  I look forward to the sharing of ideas and experiences by all of the members here.


My initial blog posts will be related to the currently running User Conference here in my home town of Nashville, TN.  I will have additional comments, documents, information, and follow ups to the Breakout Sessions I conducted along with my colleague, Sundar Kamakshisundaram.  The sessions included a couple functionality focused workshops that explored running of Total Cost Events, Optimization, and Collaborative Sourcing via Team Grading.  In another session, we conducted a review of Advanced Event Types available in the Sourcing Solutions including Dutch Auctions, Bundle Events, and Matrix Events.  The last session I conducted on Day 1 explored the functionality planned for 10s2.


I do have a plan for a regular series of posts highlighting features that are to be considered for 10s3 and allow the community to vote for their favorite of each week's collection. At the end of the series we will have the initial "Hot 10" items for 10s3.  Those 10, and a collection of others, will be included in our 10s3 planning and prioritization activities. Look for this to begin in November.


Please feel free to leave comments to my posts letting me know what you would like to see in future blog posts.


Good Sourcing!


David Morel

Sr. Solutions Manager