Erin Griffith had a good post on PandoDaily titled, Whatever Happened To The Promise of B2B E-commerce. I find this to be a super interesting topic. In short, Erin argued that "the trillion-dollar promise of B2B commerce may finally be on its way."
Personally, I'm not so sure. I posted the following comment -- though for some reason it never got posted to the post, so I thought I'd post it here.
Great post, Erin.
Now you may argue that e-commerce has come such a long way that technology should be able to replace much of this bureaucracy. But in a large enterprise each of these steps represent a task that is completed by someone with a job. So you can either eliminate those jobs or assign those individuals to work on something else. But just like purchasing, reorganizing non-strategic job roles for an unclear upside will take a long, long time. And in my view, real growth in b2b e-commerce is simply going to have to wait.