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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.

Coupa Inspire 2016: Taking a Value-Driven Approach to Spend Management Transformation

On the mainstage at Coupa Inspire 2016, Bhargavi Kosaraju, Director, Product Operations and Procurement at KPMG, led a panel discussion with representatives from Aon plc and Capital One Financial focused on value-driven approaches to transforming spend management—a critical project that can drive enormous efficiencies across the procurement process, but only if the transformation is conducted effectively. Speaking on...

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CPO News – May 13, 2016

Wai Mun Wong Named VP of Global Supply Management at Carlson Wagonlit Travel Late last month, Hospitalitynet.org reported that Wai Mun Wong had been named Vice President of Global Supply Management, Asia-Pacific, at Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Singapore. Wong had previously served as Director of Supplier Management, SEA and HKG, at Carlson Wagonlit when she joined the...

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Coupa, Inspired!

A decade ago, as a favor to Coupa’s founders, I participated on calls with several VC firms who were looking at investing in the new start-up (Coupa). The discussions focused on market growth and general opportunities for new cloud software companies in the supply management space and in the eProcurement market in particular. Much as...

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CPO Rising 2016 Recap: The CEO’s View of Procurement

On Day 1 of Ardent Partners’ inaugural CPO Rising procurement executive summit, Louie Psallidas, President and CEO of Uno Restaurants, delivered a keynote presentation entitled, “The CEO’s View of Procurement: Strategies to Engage the C-Suite.” Although the audience at the event was predominantly procurement and supply chain focused, Louie delivered what may have been one of the most valuable...

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Upcoming Webinar: Contingent Workforce Management and the On-Demand Enterprise

The world of talent engagement is in full disruption mode. Not only are the lines between traditional and non-employee labor blurred more now than in years past, the solutions and platforms behind talent engagement are sparking innovation at a rapid rate. Although today’s non-employee labor comprises 35% of the total workforce, within the next few...

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Connecting, Learning, and Succeeding with Beeline

Change is an accepted component of the modern business world. Corporate functions evolve, technology disrupts everyday processes, and the means with which projects are addressed seem to change on a yearly basis with the advent of new solutions, networks, and approaches. The “world of work” is no different: CPO Rising has been ardent about the...

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SAP Ariba Live Case Study: What AbbVie’s Spend Data “Tells” It

On Day 1 of SAP Ariba’s annual user conference, SAP Ariba Live 2016 in Las Vegas, the Ardent Partners analyst team sat in on a presentation entitled, Spend Analysis: What Your Data is Telling You and Why It’s Worth Listening. For more than an hour, several presenters from the pharmaceutical and energy/utilities industries shared very familiar pain points,...

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SAP Ariba Live 2016 Case Study: GlaxoSmithKline and the Boulders, Rocks, and Sand of Business Networks

Business networks are web-based platforms that enable interconnected buyers and suppliers to trade, communicate, and collaborate with each other. As a result of this inherent nature, and the drive among enterprises to increase collaboration across the supply chain, business networks have grown in popularity over the past several years. Business networks also allow for process...

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How New or Improved Technologies Can Transform Procurement – P2P

As Chief Procurement Officers (“CPOs”) and procurement practitioners move into 2016, they have the need and the capability for advanced technology solutions to automate and link the source-to-settle process – upstream, strategic sourcing and downstream, procure-to-pay (“P2P”). Digital, automated supply management solutions can help overworked and understaffed procurement teams scale resources and extend their power and...

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Reimagining VMS, the Role of Innovation, and a Few Days in D.C. With IQNavigator

Innovation, particularly in the world of the non-employee workforce, goes hand-in-hand with the natural evolution of the industry at large. Utilization of contingent labor rises with each passing year, new sources of talent emerge, enterprise systems begin to coalesce around the dynamic requirements of contingent workforce management (“CWM”) programs, and the world, whether or not business...

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