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Four Best-in-Class Ways to “Connect the Dots” and Improve Sourcing Results in 2015

Over the past couple of months, we have been featuring analysis from our recent report, The State of Strategic Sourcing 2014: Connecting the Dots, which is now out and available. Interested readers can find the report here and here. As the subtitle of this research report implies, it is important for sourcing and procurement teams to “connect the...

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The State of CWM Meets the State of Independence

Editor’s note: Today’s article is a change of pace from the regular content here at CPO Rising. Ardent’s contingent workforce management thought leader and resident expert, Christopher J. Dwyer, will compare and link the findings from his recent State of Contingent Workforce Management research report (click here to download the new study) with that of...

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Sourcing: The Second Strategic Sourcing Pillar

In case you missed our earlier announcement, Ardent Partners’ The State of Strategic Sourcing 2014: Connecting the Dots has been published and interested readers can find the report here and here. In the report, we introduce the idea that there are four primary “pillars” that mark the foundation of the modern strategic sourcing program – spend analysis, sourcing, contract...

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Spend Analysis: The First Strategic Sourcing Pillar

Ardent Partners’ The State of Strategic Sourcing 2014: Connecting the Dots is now out and available. Interested readers can find the report here and here. This research report analyzes the strategic sourcing programs of almost 250 distinct procurement departments and presents the Best-in-Class competencies for improving the sourcing function and its results while also highlighting the market trends...

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Business Networks – Past, Present, and Future

Today’s article is the second 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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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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Which Technologies Help Achieve ePayment Success?

Welcome to the final entry in a four-part series that previews Ardent Partners’ upcoming ePayments Rising research study. The pending research report, which is due to publish soon, highlights the evolving perception of electronic payment methods, their benefits and overall value, and how the rise in ePayment approaches actively contributes to the attainment of a...

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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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