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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.

Rosslyn Analytics: Spend Analysis Meets Big Data

[Publisher’s Note: Ardent Partners continues to increase its coverage of solution providers that serve our readership in the supply management market. In 2015, we will continue to accelerate our coverage of the solution providers that matter on these pages and in our published research. If you are a solution provider focused on this space and...

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Four Best-in-Class Ways to “Connect the Dots” and Improve Sourcing Results in 2015

Over the past couple of months, we have been featuring analysis from our recent report, The State of Strategic Sourcing 2014: Connecting the Dots, which is now out and available. Interested readers can find the report here and here. As the subtitle of this research report implies, it is important for sourcing and procurement teams to “connect the...

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Procurement Influencer Series: Richard Waugh of Zycus

In the procurement and supply management spaces, Richard Waugh is a seasoned veteran with more than thirty years of experience in B2B, eCommerce, and Sourcing technology development and innovation. Richard began his career at General Electric, where over the course of 16 years, he helped to develop early business networks and B2B eCommerce platforms. Since leaving...

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Using Spend Under Management Principles to Drive Improved Financial Performance

[A note from the editor: In August, Andrew posed the question - How Do You Define Spend Under Management? - to our audience and invited them to share their views because we think that it's time for the procurement community to find and adopt a broadly accepted definition of the metric. Today, we feature another "answer"...

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An Early Payment Discount Example to Sink Your Teeth Into

Enterprises around the world want to maximize working capital for a variety of reasons, not least of which includes freeing up cash from operations in order to hire new employees, pay down debt, expand into new markets, or even to provide better returns to shareholders via dividends and stock repurchases. Working capital management is thus...

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CPO News – December 19, 2014

Former Apple Global Supply Manager to Serve Jail Time for Procurement Fraud It has been a long time coming, but we can finally close the book on Paul Shin Devine, the Apple global supply manager arrested and indicted on 23 fraud, conspiracy, and corruption charges (read our initial coverage of the scandal/crime from 2010 Avoiding the Bad...

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Contract Management: The Third Strategic Sourcing Pillar

Over the past couple of weeks, Ardent Partners has been featuring analysis from The State of Strategic Sourcing 2014: Connecting the Dots, which is now out and available. Interested readers can find the report here and here. This research report analyzes the strategic sourcing programs of almost 250 distinct procurement departments and presents the Best-in-Class competencies for improving...

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Technology Round-Up – December 16, 2014

SAP Completes Concur Acquisition for $8.3 Billion On December 4, global software provider SAP AG (NYSE Ticker – SAP) announced that it had completed its $8.3 billion acquisition (or $129 per share) of Seattle-based Concur Technologies (NASDAQ: CNQR), a travel, expense, and invoice management solution provider. According to company executives, Concur will operate as a business unit of SAP and...

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Three Events Management Metrics That Matter

The world of complex spend management can often frustrate the typical procurement executive, as each category that encompasses this area has its own distinct set of capabilities, competencies, solutions, and yes, even performance metrics. Contingent workforce management (CWM) includes metrics that revolve around independent contractor compliance and talent quality; business travel and expense management requires...

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Where Can Travel and Expense Management Go? (Part I)

It was sometime in mid-2009 that I first heard the following phrase: “We’re looking at travel and expense as being more strategic here internally.” It was uttered by a CFO at a mid-market telecommunications company in one of my frequent conversations with the finance/procurement/travel community. Up until that point, the travel / expense management function was largely...

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