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CPO Insider: Procurement Outsourcing (Episode 6) – The Rubber Hits the Road

In many ways, our upcoming event, CPO Rising 2016: The Agility Agenda, epitomizes the research and work we have done for years, working with, advising, and surveying thousands of Chief Procurement Officers (“CPOs”) with the aim of producing the type of insight that helps procurement teams improve their operations and results. As a prelude to...

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CPO Insider: Procurement Outsourcing (Episode 5) – Vendor Selection

In many ways, our upcoming event, CPO Rising 2016: The Agility Agenda, epitomizes the research and work we have done for years, working with, advising, and surveying thousands of Chief Procurement Officers (“CPOs”) with the aim of producing the type of insight that helps procurement teams improve their operations and results. As a prelude to...

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CPO Insider: Procurement Outsourcing (Episode 4) – The RFP

In many ways, our upcoming event, CPO Rising 2016: The Agility Agenda, epitomizes the research and work we have done for years, working with, advising, and surveying thousands of Chief Procurement Officers (“CPOs”) with the aim of producing the type of insight that helps procurement teams improve their operations and results. As a prelude to...

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CPO Insider: Procurement Outsourcing (Episode 3) – The Counterproposal

In many ways, our upcoming event, CPO Rising 2016: The Agility Agenda, epitomizes the research and work we have done for years, working with, advising, and surveying thousands of Chief Procurement Officers (“CPOs”) with the aim of producing the type of insight that helps procurement teams improve their operations and results. As a prelude to...

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CPO Insider: Procurement Outsourcing (Episode 2) – A Business Case is Made

In many ways, our upcoming event, CPO Rising 2016: The Agility Agenda, epitomizes the research and work we have done for years, working with, advising, and surveying thousands of Chief Procurement Officers (“CPOs”) with the aim of producing the type of insight that helps procurement teams improve their operations and results. As a prelude to...

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CPO Insider: Procurement Outsourcing (Episode 1) – It Begins

For more than a decade, Ardent Partners’ analysts have worked with, interviewed, advised, and surveyed thousands of Chief Procurement Officers (“CPOs”) each year. This work coupled, with more than 10 years of procurement research studies, has given us great access to the procurement industry as a whole and ultimately placed us in a position to...

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What Buyers Should Know about Supplier Relationship Management: One Supplier’s Take

For procurement and sourcing teams, collaborating with suppliers, effectively communicating business needs, and building and maintaining supplier relationships are critical and often overlooked parts of the strategic sourcing process. While we generally view supplier relationships from the perspective of the Chief Procurement Officer and other sourcing and procurement leaders on the buy side, it is...

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Zycus Horizon 2013: AMD’s Pathway to Procurement Excellence

Zycus’ annual user conference, Horizon 2013,  was held this past week and offered up a blend of thought leadership, customer case studies, company vision, and a celebrity keynote (archie Manning). Zycus is solution provider that offers a suite of solutions that support the source-to-pay process and a host of data, performance, and information management needs....

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Whirlpool’s Enhanced Supplier Repository

Last week, I attended iValua’s biennial user conference, “iValua: On Air” in Paris. iValua is a French-based solution provider with a full source-to-pay suite. The event offered a blend of iValua executive presentations and skits, roundtable discussions, and customer presentations. Today,  I will highlight a presentation made by Blaine Hurley, Senior Director, Sourcing Excellence within...

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Start Measuring It

As part of the research effort for our upcoming State of Strategic Sourcing report, I caught up with a Chief Procurement Officer who’s a ‘friend of the site’ and who had recently joined a large financial services company as its CPO. What follows is a partial transcript of our discussion (a part that did not...

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