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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.

Zycus Horizon 2014: A Pot Of Gold

Zycus held its annual user conference, Horizon, earlier this month at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island in Florida and it was another very successful event for the supply management solution suite provider. The event offered a blend of best practice presentation, keynotes, and networking in a nice and relaxing setting. Zycus also uses the event...

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What Does the Future Hold for AP Automation?

For many enterprises, the accounts payable (AP) function is one of the last bastions of manual processes. Invoices in these organizations are still approved by hand, with paper checks sent out via mail or third-party to pay suppliers. This is slowly starting to change, as Ardent Partners research has shown over the last five years;...

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Procurement Influencer Series: Tim Minahan of SAP Talks About What’s Next for Procurement

I first heard of Tim Minahan, Chief Marketing Officer, SAP Cloud and Line of Businesswhen his job description literally included the term “procurement influencer” in his role as Chief Service Officer and SVP, Global Supply Research at the Aberdeen Group. For many years Tim was our industry’s leading analyst and advisor on supply management and technology...

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Your Guidebook to Contingent Workforce Management, Part I: Engagement Evolution

Welcome to the first entry in a four-part series designed to discuss the publication of Ardent Partners’ second annual State of Contingent Workforce Management (CWM) research report. The new study, titled A Guidebook to Managing Non-Traditional Talent, was developed and written by Christopher J. Dwyer as the official “handbook” for those organizations seeking guidance and...

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Zycus Horizon 2014: Ericsson Sourcing in the Networked Society

As we mentioned yesterday, Zycus held its annual user conference, Horizon, earlier this week at the Ritz Carlton in (on?) Amelia Island, Florida and I was pleased to attend. It was another very successful event for the supply management solution suite provider and its largest ever. Over the next week or so, I’ll cover a few of...

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A Lesson in Financial Risk from the Bank of England’s Payments Collapse

On October 20, the Bank of England’s Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system was halted for roughly 10 hours. From 6 am to 3:30 pm London time, absolutely no interbank or large business-to-business transactions could be processed throughout the United Kingdom. The RTGS is an interbank payments system designed to shuffle large payments one at a...

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Is Procurement Due for a Black Swan Event?

Throughout the course of business history, there have been events or market shifts that have either positively impacted concepts such as technology and innovation of processes / programs or caused financial upheaval and a devastated marketplace. Events that seemingly “come out of nowhere” and cause such havoc are known as “black swan events,” defined below...

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What’s the Best Way to Maximize Your Business Travel Budget?

Editor’s Note: Today’s article was developed from an interview with resident Ardent Partners business travel / expense management, Christopher J. Dwyer, with the team at MarketWatch. Listen to a recording of the MarketWatch interview athttp://podcast.mktw.net/audio/20141009/mnb101014/mnb101014.mp3. Complex spend management has become one of the top priorities on the Chief Procurement Officer’s agenda. Complex spend categories, such...

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Supply Risk Roulette

If you have ever been in a casino, you will know that roulette is one of the more popular games. Roulette is French shorthand for “small wheel” and allows gamblers to place bets on one or many numbers and also colors. I’m far from an expert (I prefer low-stake craps), but the game seems incredibly...

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Batteries Not Included

We’ve all heard the annoying little caveat, “batteries not included.” It accompanied just about every toy advertisement of our youth, and perhaps made us (or our parents) a little less likely to purchase that product knowing that it wasn’t turnkey. Thankfully, at some point in recent times, toy companies figured out that including batteries with their toys...

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