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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.

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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Esker Wants to Take Over the Procure-to-Pay World

The disconnected nature of many enterprise systems is a persistent challenge in the procure-to-pay (P2P) process automation world. Accounts payable runs through one system or maybe a backend ERP server and procurement and sourcing run through yet another discrete system or series of systems – all within the same enterprise. Esker (NYSE Euronext: ALESK) has taken...

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AribaPay Looks to Simplify, Improve B2B ePayments

It’s an acknowledged fact that ePayments are more efficient, faster, and less prone to fraud than paper checks. However, as we’ve said numerous times, one of the biggest problems with ePayments, particularly in the B2B world, is a lack of standard formatting for remittance information. AribaPay, the latest product offered on the Ariba Commerce Network,...

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Procurement Influencer Series: Subhash Makhija of GEP on the Industry’s Future

When Dr. Subhash Makhija co-founded GEP in 1999, along with Neha Desai Shah, Jagadish Turimella, and Roopa Gandhi, their initial vision was to use technology to streamline procurement processes. Makhija had gained ample experience in sourcing, procurement and supply chain from his time as an executive in Accenture and, along with his co-founders, recognized the...

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Research Preview: The State of Strategic Sourcing in 2014

In the next few weeks, the analyst team at Ardent Partners will publish our annual State of Strategic Sourcing benchmark study. This study builds on last year’s research on the topic, and includes the insights and experiences of nearly 250 sourcing and procurement leaders across multiple industries. Commercial opportunities still exist so please reach out...

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The Four Pillars of the Modern Strategic Sourcing Program

It’s Sourcing month here on CPO Rising, as we’re gearing up to launch our annual benchmark study on the state of strategic sourcing. The topic is so rich and exciting that throughout the month, we’ve been featuring articles on the subject – some from the archives, and some new ones, like this one – that...

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The New State is Here: The Evolution of Contingent Workforce Management

Back in mid-August, the CPO Rising and Ardent Partners teams asked for the world’s participation in our second annual State of Contingent Workforce Management research survey. On the heels of last year’s landmark report and nearly a year of consistent coverage of the contingent workforce management (CWM) technology market, hot new trends and concepts, and the evolving...

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