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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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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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The Real Cost of Contract Non-Compliance: A Multi-Stakeholder View

Editor’s Note: Last week, we published a couple of articles previewing our new Collaborative Contract Management report, sponsored by Iasta, and available for download here. Today’s article is a ‘spin off’ from the report, and focuses on the specific impact that contract non-compliance can have on internal and external stakeholders that do not collaborate or collaborate effectively to...

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Research Preview: Collaborative Contract Management: Procurement’s Role in Enhancing Compliance and Mitigating Risk

Ardent Partners recently published a new research report, “Collaborative Contract Management: Procurement’s Role in Enhancing Compliance and Mitigating Risk.” It’s an exciting and refreshing look at how Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) and procurement teams can utilize innovations in contract management solutions to collaborate more internally and externally, increase compliance, mitigate risks, and ultimately deliver greater...

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Introducing Ardent Partners’ Collaborative Contract Management Report

Today’s article is the first in a series of articles centered on our new Collaborative Contract Managementreport, sponsored by Iasta, and available for download here [Publisher's note: The links in this article have been corrected.]. Contract management systems have long been used by procurement departments to communicate business requirements, track spend against contracts, and manage supplier relationships. But,...

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Going Global: The Difficulties in Expanding Contingent Workforce Management Programs

Editor’s note: Interested in learning more about how the contingent workforce will continue to evolve in the year ahead? Make sure to join us on Tuesday, February 17 at 2pm for a webinar (sponsored by Beeline) that will highlight the necessary best practices for managing this category. Click here to register for the webcast. You won’t want to...

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CPO Rising 2015: The Agility Agenda

Ardent Partners conducts one CPO-focused market research study each year and we’d like to invite you to participate in it. By taking the survey, you have an opportunity to help advance the collective knowledge of the entire procurement profession AND get a full view into the current “State of Procurement” when the report publishes. CPO RISING 2015:...

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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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