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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.

Payables News Weekly: Kofax Expands Solution, PrimeRevenue Garners Investment

Kofax Expands Capabilities of World’s First Smart Process Application Development and Deployment Platform Kofax (Nasdaq: KFX) announced the release of TotalAgility® 7.2 this week, the latest update to its flagship product. According to the company’s announcement, the updated TotalAgility solution provides digital transaction management capabilities that can allow users to eliminate paper completely from the signature process. The new...

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Payables News Weekly: New Partner for AvidXchange, Basware Reports Earnings

The news cycle here in the U.S. has been dominated with a few stories — Hilary Clinton as the presumptive Democrat nominee for the presidential election in 2016 for one, and the trial of Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for another. In the accounts payable world, however, there have also been some big moves. So...

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CPO Rising 2015: The Agility Agenda – “Nine out of 10 CPOs Agree…”

Ardent Partners recently published my annual CPO-themed report – CPO Rising 2015: The Agility Agenda (click to download, registration required) – that is drawn from the responses of more than 300 Chief Procurement Officers and other procurement executives (as well as 26 CPO interviews) and presents a comprehensive, industry-wide view into what is happening in the world...

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Webinar Recap: Trendspotting — AP’s Top Trends for 2015…and Beyond

Last week, Ardent Partners analysts Andrew Bartolini and Christopher J. Dwyer presented on a webinar focused on the hottest trends in accounts payable and the necessary action items for businesses as they begin to transform their greater AP functions. The webinar, “Trendspotting: AP’s Top Trends for 2015 and Beyond,” highlighted a variety of current financial...

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CPO News – April 22, 2015

Carnival Corporation Appoints Julia M. Brown as First Chief Procurement Officer On March 25, Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest travel and leisure brand, announcedthat it has appointed Julia M. Brown as its first Chief Procurement Officer. Brown will focus her efforts on greater strategic sourcing and supplier relationship management throughout the corporation’s nine global brands and...

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State of Procurement 2015 Webinar – Special EMEA Edition

Join us this Wednesday when Ardent’s Chief Research Officer, Andrew Bartolini presents the findings from his recently completed annual “State of Procurement” market report. Click now to register for the new webinar (on April 22) to hear the results. About the Webinar: Report author, Andrew Bartolini will present the key findings from his annual State of Procurement...

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Key Strategies for AP Automation Initiatives (Webinar)

Accounts payable (AP) has for a number of years been one of the last bastions of manual processes in the enterprise. Many AP teams still process paper-based invoices through a manual process, a workflow which is both expense and rife with process inefficiencies. Thankfully, more and more AP teams are realizing the benefits of automation–lower...

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CPO Rising 2015: The Agility Agenda (Report) is Now Available

We are pleased to announce that our annual CPO Rising report is now available for download by clicking here (registration required). I began publishing an annual CPO-focused report in 2006 (when I was with another firm); the last six years have been at Ardent Partners using the “CPO Rising” title. The report reflects back on the...

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AribaLIVE Case Study: Efficiency, Visibility, and Compliance … Oh My: Automate AP for Organizational Growth

The accounts payable (AP) function has changed significantly in the past 15 years; more opportunity exists now, in fact, to effect change than ever before, which has allowed many AP teams to become more automated and responsive to the needs of the enterprise. This evolution is critically important if AP is to become a strategic...

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Ariba LIVE 2015: AIG’s Technology Journey

Last week our team attended Ariba LIVE, which is arguably, along with the ISM conference in May, one of the two largest and most significant events in our industry. Over the next two weeks, we will provide a flavor of the event via a series of articles focused on company news, keynote presentations, and case studies....

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