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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.

CPO Rising’s 2014 Hot Tech Prospects – Ivalua

Last Thursday, the 30 NBA teams spent an evening drafting the top college and international prospects in the world of basketball. Teams draft in reverse order of how they finished the preceding year, so losing teams that draft wisely have a chance to quickly turn their teams around. Drafting the right player can potentially impact a...

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Connect, Learn, Succeed: Two Days at Beeline’s Customer Conference

Last week, in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Vendor Management System (VMS) technology provider Beelineheld its annual user conference. The event, in which nearly 100 customers of the solution provider convened, was focused on the theme of “Connect, Learn and Succeed,” aiming to cultivate a two-day culture of collaboration and innovation that would help Beeline’s clients prepare for the...

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OpenText Analyst Day: Working to Make Other B2B Solutions Better

I recently attended OpenText’s analyst day at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston where I gained my first broad introduction to the company, its solutions, and executive roster, including President and CEO Mark Barrenechea. OpenText (Ticker: OTEX) is a Canadian-based provider of technology and services that reported $1.5 billion in revenue last year and focuses on the management and movement...

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Selectica Selects Iasta (Announces Plan to Acquire)

Last week, Selectica (ticker: SLTC), a solution provider best known in our industry for its Contract Lifecycle Management solutions announced that it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Iasta, a provider of cloud-based strategic sourcing solutions for $7 million in cash plus 1 million shares (which was valued at $6.2 million at market close on the day the deal...

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CPO Rising 2014: Convergence – Spheres of Influence

Ardent Partners recently published our annual CPO Rising report (entitled CPO Rising 2014: Convergence) and of all the reports we publish this year, the focus of this report is exactly geared towards our regular readers (CPOs and those who aspire to the role). The report presents a comprehensive, industry-wide view into what is happening in the world...

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Contingent Workforce Management – Technology Update (Q1 & Q2)

In today’s article, we’ll highlight noteworthy news across the technology provider marketplace, including acquisitions, mergers, awards and other interesting updates. Leading the news slate is SAP’s acquisition of Fieldglass, one of the market’s largest providers of Vendor Management System (VMS) technology. Back in late March, SAP announced its plans to acquire the VMS giant and...

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Ariba Announces Plan to Move Its Network to the SAP HANA Platform

It’s an interesting time for business networks as many of the providers keep raising the stakes with new partnerships, capabilities, and plans. Ariba, an SAP company, and provider behind one of the most prominent business networks is seeking to set the pace both figuratively and literally with today’s announcement that it plans to move its...

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Ardent’s Chief Research Officer to Present at 99th Annual ISM Conference

Ardent Partners’ Chief Research Officer, Andrew Bartolini will be delivering two presentations at the Institute of Supply Management’s 99th Annual Conference to be held in Las Vegas from May 5 – 7, 2014. This premier event brings together more than 2,500 sourcing and supply management professionals from diverse industries, organizations, locations and perspectives. The Institute...

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Ardent Partners Publishes Annual State of Procurement Report

Ardent Partners’ annual CPO Rising research report is now available. Entitled, CPO Rising 2014: Convergence and authored by Ardent’s Chief Research Officer, Andrew Bartolini, this report presents a comprehensive, industry-wide view into what is happening in the world of procurement and captures the experience, performance, perspective, and intentions of 273 Chief Procurement Officers and other...

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Ariba LIVE 2014: “The Outcome Economy”

Ariba, an SAP company, hosted its 15th annual user conference – Ariba LIVE – March 17 – 19 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas with a reported 2,200 procurement and finance professionals in attendance. The size and seniority of this audience makes Ariba LIVE the largest event in the industry (supply...

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