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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.

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Building the Next-Gen CWM Program

[Editor’s note: Readers of CPO Rising know that the site’s contributors often present their thought leadership ideas, research findings, and industry insights on webcasts throughout the year. Today’s article is a brief preview of “Building the Next-Generation Contingent Workforce Management Program,” an upcoming webinar hosted by ZeroChaos and featuring Ardent Partners’ resident contingent workforce management...

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CPO Rising 2015 – What is an Agility Agenda?

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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How Will Business Networks Transform Talent Engagement?

[Editor's Note: On June 2, Ardent Partners' resident Contingent Workforce Management analyst and Research Director, Christopher J. Dwyer, will deliver a webinar presentation on "Building the Next-Generation Contingent Workforce Management Program," sponsored by ZeroChaos. Interested parties should click here to register for this free webinar.] The modern business, when viewing the myriad processes that run the gamut...

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AvidXchange’s Payables Revolution

As Mike Praeger, CEO of AvidXchange, took the stage to introduce the final session of the two-dayRevolution Conference held this week in Costa Mesa, Calif., he both cheered and encouraged the large audience. “A revolution has begun and you’re a part of it,” Praeger said. “Now we all need to take what we’ve started here together...

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ISM at 100: Conflict Minerals Compliance – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Ardent Partners’ analyst team attended the 100th annual Institute for Supply Management (ISM)conference in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago. Risk, in many of its forms, was a regular topic throughout the event – from Dr. Robert Gates’ opening keynote on global instability, to discussions about conflict minerals compliance, food risk, contract risk, and sustainability issues over...

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How to Build a Compelling Business Case for Supplier Networks

[Editor's Note: Ardent Partners, in conjunction with Hubwoo, recently published a helpful guide on How to Build a Compelling Business Case for Supplier Networks. Today's article features snippets of the guide, which interested readers can download by clicking here. We think you'll find it very useful.] Supplier networks sit at the intersection of a paradigm shift in the...

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ISM at 100: Robert Gates on Global Stability and Supply Risk

[Editor's note: the views expressed by Dr. Robert Gates do not necessarily reflect the views of Ardent Partners or its employees. Our goal with this piece is to present a view of global supply risk from someone who is outside the profession of supply management but who is well versed in the language of global...

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IBM Empower 2015: Back to the Future

In 2006, I attended my first Emptoris Empower conference as an industry analyst. The company, of course, has changed significantly since then, most notably via two acquisitions (IBM acquired the company in early 2012). Over the next nine years, I attended seven or eight of the conferences including the last few years when it was...

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CPO Rising 2015: The Agility Agenda – Best-in-Class Procurement Performance

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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ISM at 100: A Conversation with Tom Derry

Last week, I had the pleasure to meet with Tom Derry, CEO of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), at its 100 thannual conference in Phoenix, Arizona (Matt York, our editor, sat in and helped capture the highlights and write this article). Being a milestone year for ISM, the mood was relaxed and upbeat on the morning that I...

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