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How Source-to-Settle Solutions Manage (and Leverage) Big Data – Spend Analysis

In the digital age, organizations as a whole and procurement departments in particular swim in data. It is everywhere, spread across an alphabet soup of internal and external systems – some connected, some not; some refined, some not; some structured, some not. It wasn’t always this way. Twenty-five years ago, the procurement function was manual,...

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ANNOUNCING – Contingent Workforce Weekly: A New Podcast Series from Ardent Partners

Ardent Partners is excited to announce Contingent Workforce Weekly, a new weekly podcast that will tackle a variety of issues within the non-employee workforce world, including the evolution of talent engagement, technology disruption, compliance and risk mitigation, best practices from both procurement and HR perspectives (including guidance on collaboration), and a host of other attributes that...

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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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What Will Take CPOs and Procurement Organizations to the “Next Level?” New/Improved Technology

Editor’s Note: Today, we’re previewing the second report in a series of reports entitled CPO Game Changers – Volume 2: New/Improved Technology, sponsored by Zycus and available for download here (registration required). In 2016, procurement organizations as a whole and Chief Procurement Officers (“CPOs”) in particular frequently find themselves in the untenable position of having to enhance their...

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The Two Sides of Innovation

Editor’s note: today’s article is another sneak peek at the new Contingent Workforce Management: The 2016 Technology and Innovation Outlook Report, available for download here. Throughout the next few weeks, CPO Rising will be highlighting key areas of discussion from this report and linking them back to the evolution of today’s non-employee workforce. Innovation is all...

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Innovation: The Fuel for the Future of the Non-Employee Workforce (NEW REPORT)

Every enterprise, regardless of its industry and size, faces a major challenge: continue to compete in an increasingly global business world. Amongst a series of differentiators, such as technology, leadership, and innovation, talent has become the prime determinant of success for businesses around the globe. This is on top of the reality that the very concept...

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Why Your Workforce Will Never Again Be the Same

Today’s harried business executives are pulled in a variety of directions, whether it is by global media, internal struggles and challenges, or the constant specter of worldwide competition. And, as the general speed of business continues to accelerate, the very notion of “change” will not be an unexpected attribute to daily operations, it will be...

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5 Things to Know about Supply Chain Finance

The economy is global. Raw materials mined overseas are shipped to factories thousands of miles away, and then the finished goods are sold around the world. It is this globalization—and the credit crunch many organizations feel—that drives renewed focus on working capital management. It is impossible to run a business without working capital, and as...

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Survey: ePayables 2016 – Accounts Payable is Keeping its “Eyes on the Prize”

The skills that accounts payable (“AP”) teams will need to succeed in the months and years ahead are evolving rapidly. Skills that involve more transactional duties are becoming less important in the face of increasing automation and greater levels of business process outsourcing. In light of this titanic shift in the AP field, Ardent Partners...

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CWM Expansion, Compliance, and the World of Global Talent

Editor’s Note: Today’s article is a sneak peek at a new Ardent Partners report, “The Expansion of the Contingent Workforce and Global Compliance Management,” which is available for download here. The report, which is sponsored by CXC Global, discusses expansion plans for global contingent workforce management (CWM) programs and the evolving notion of compliance in today’s contingent...

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