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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.

What Buyers Should Know about Supplier Relationship Management: One Supplier’s Take

For procurement and sourcing teams, collaborating with suppliers, effectively communicating business needs, and building and maintaining supplier relationships are critical and often overlooked parts of the strategic sourcing process. While we generally view supplier relationships from the perspective of the Chief Procurement Officer and other sourcing and procurement leaders on the buy side, it is...

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Tom Linton: Leading the Way towards Superior Performance at Flextronics

This year we have been working to deliver a “CPO Rising Virtual Roundtable” series, sponsored by IBM. Each of the roundtables brings together three or four leading Chief Procurement Officers to discuss a specific topic in depth and share their insights, experiences, plans, and recommendations. In each of these, I serve as host and moderator (click...

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Which Commercial Card is Right for You?

For more than 70 years, enterprises of all sizes have used commercial payment cards to purchase everything from airline tickets to office supplies. This flexibility has led solution providers to launch numerous card products in the intervening decades. Today, there are cards to manage corporate travel, cards for purchasing, fleet cards for transportation, ghost cards...

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Why Procurement Effectiveness is the Foundation of Sustainable Success

Procurement capability in most organizations is hampered because purchasing decisions are beset by organizational challenges and ‘soft’ issues. In this extract from Sigi Osagie’s new book, Procurement Mojo, Sigi discusses why organizations must focus on procurement effectiveness if they want to build a credible Procurement brand and a capability to match. When we start focusing on Procurement effectiveness...

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3 Benefits of Virtual Payment Cards You Might Not Know

Commercial cards are an established fact of business life, with all the varieties credit card issuers provide. There are fleet cards, purchasing cards, travel cards, ONE cards, meetings cards, and even project cards. One type of commercial card that’s a bit unusual, however, is the virtual card. Like the name suggests, the virtual card is...

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Visibility: What Does It Mean for CPOs? (Part I)

Welcome to a three-part article series on the concept of “visibility.” The term visibility is thrown around quite frequently in the procurement and spend management worlds, and it is incumbent of today’s Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) to do all that they can to ensure that they enable visibility into corporate spending and provide other key...

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Alicia Ralston: Sowing the Seeds of Collaboration at Archer Daniels Midland

This year we have been working to deliver a “CPO Rising Virtual Roundtable” series, sponsored by IBM. Each of the roundtables brings together three or four leading Chief Procurement Officers to discuss a specific topic in depth and share their insights, experiences, plans, and recommendations. In each of these, I serve as host and moderator (click...

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Introducing Ardent Partners’ Technology Adoption Report on Business Networks

Today’s article is the first in a series of articles centered on our new Technology Adoption Report on Business Networks, sponsored by Hubwoo, and available for download here. While analyzing the technology markets and advising large enterprises on their technology strategy is something we have been doing for years, this work does not make it into our reports...

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Basware Pay Offers New Method to Counteract Late Payments

For many years, payment systems existed as an afterthought for other ePayables (accounts payable automation) systems. That all changed in the last few years, with more and more AP-driven RFPs that began to treat payments as a critical piece of AP transformation. The early September introduction of Basware Pay, a joint venture between Basware (Helsinki: BAS1V)...

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An Agent of Change: Dr. Nick Nayak’s Impact at the Department of Homeland Security

This year we have been working to deliver a “CPO Rising Virtual Roundtable” series, sponsored by IBM. Each of the roundtables brings together three or four leading Chief Procurement Officers to discuss a specific topic in depth and share their insights, experiences, plans, and recommendations. In each of these, I serve as host and moderator (click...

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