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Ardent Partners – Supply Management Experts

Welcome!

Ardent Partners is a research and advisory firm focused on defining and advancing the supply management strategies, processes, and technologies that drive business value and accelerate organizational transformation.

Ardent Partners actively covers the supply management marketplace and produces research to help business decision-makers understand (1) industry best practices and how to improve performance and (2) the technology landscape and how to identify the best-fit solution(s) for their specific needs.

We believe our team’s first-hand experience benchmarking enterprise performance and evaluating, developing, packaging, deploying, and using supply management solutions makes us eminently qualified to advise our clients on ways to improve their operations and results.

Ardent Partners also publishes a network of sites that attract and influence key business decision makers in both procurement and finance.

Instant Analysis: SAP Announces Plans to Acquire Fieldglass

Earlier today, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) announced its intent to acquire Vendor Management System (VMS) provider Fieldglass, one of the world’s leading platforms for managing contingent labor and other types of contract talent. The deal is expected to be closed sometime in the second quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory approval and final negotiations. Other...

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2014: The Rise of The Business Network and B2B Payments

In 2014, we expect to see a big rise in business networks and B2B payments and we’re more than ready. The Ardent Partners analyst team has been very involved with and focused on both areas for many years. Our leader, Andrew Bartolini has been working the past 15 years in the space and started his...

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2014: The Year Ahead in Contingent Workforce Management (Part II)

Welcome to the second of two articles that takes a “crystal ball” approach to the year ahead in contingent workforce management. In this series of articles, we’ll take outline how this industry will change from process, strategy and technological perspectives, and offer some guidance as to which areas organizations can anticipate the greatest growth and...

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2014: The Year Ahead in Contingent Workforce Management (Part I)

Welcome to the first article of two articles that will take a “crystal ball” approach to the year ahead in contingent workforce management. In this series of articles, we’ll take outline how this industry will change from process, strategy and technological perspectives, and offer some guidance as to which areas organizations can anticipate the greatest...

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IQNavigator Announces Plan to Acquire ProcureStaff Technologies and ConsolVMS

IQNavigator (“IQN”), one of the world’s largest Vendor Management System (VMS) technology providers, has announced its plans to acquire ProcureStaff Technologies (“ProcureStaff”) and its VMS platform, ConsolVMS from Volt Information Sciences Inc. (Ticker: VISI). The acquisition represents the unification of two of the top ten VMS players in the contingent workforce management industry and will...

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2014: The Year Ahead in Travel and Expense Management

Nearly every executive and corporate professional relies on business travel as a means of fostering relationships with key customers (and future clients) and staying up-to-date with other global regions of the enterprise. Business travel expenses are, to borrow a saying from the past, an “unfortunate cost of doing business,” with associated processes for managing these...

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Trending in 2014: Supply Chain Finance

In a recent article, we noted Supply Chain Finance (SCF) as being one of the top trends for 2014 (read more here). This article offers a more detailed discussion of SCF. SCF has been around in one form or another for quite some time, but it is only been in the last few years that...

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2014: The Year Ahead in Meetings and Events Management

Complex spend categories, such as meetings / events and business travel, while considered mere costs of conducting business on a global scale, are becoming more strategic spend areas of the modern enterprise. Both business travel and events comprise a significant chunk of the average company’s overall budget (industry standards peg these two categories as encompassing...

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2014: The Year Ahead in ePayables (AP Automation)

Last time, we took a look at what it takes to become a Chief Procurement Officer in 2014. This time, some predictions for the Accounts Payable automation (what we commonly refer to as “ePayables”) market from our resident expert Vishal Patel (with an assist from Andrew). If you’re interested in our views on procurement in...

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Becoming a CPO in 2014

We’re pleased to announce that our latest report Becoming a CPO in 2014: The Qualifications, Experience, and Characteristics of a Chief Procurement Officer is now available by clicking here (registration required). Sponsored by BravoSolution, the report is an update from one published a few years ago. Here’s an excerpt: It is an interesting time to...

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