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What is the State of Strategic Sourcing in 2015? Access the Report and Find Out!

Ardent Partners is pleased to announce the publication of The State of Strategic Sourcing 2015: The Four Pillars of Sourcing Success report. Interested readers can download this exciting and informative annual research report by clicking here. In 2015, Chief Procurement Officers (“CPOs”) and other sourcing and procurement leaders operate within a global business environment home to many...

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Upcoming Webinar: Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Innovative Solutions and Strategies for Better Contract Management

Join Ardent Partners and DocuSign on Wednesday, November 18 at 1:00 PM EST for this free webinar that explores findings from our recent research report, Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Innovative Solutions and Strategies for Better Contract Management. This insightful webinar and report draw on the responses of more than 300 Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) and other supply management leaders...

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What Will Take CPOs and Procurement Organizations to the “Next Level”? Early Engagement

Today, we’re previewing the first report in a series of reports entitled CPO Game Changers – Volume 1: Early Engagement, sponsored by Zycus and available for download here (registration required). Within the past five years, Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) and procurement organizations have seen their involvement and responsibilities expand across the enterprise. This expansion has many CPOs and...

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Ardent’s “The State of B2B Payments 2015: Emerging Business Value” is Now Available

Every year, Ardent Partners publishes several benchmark studies into the accounts payable (“AP”) marketplace. One of those is the annual research effort into the state of business-to-business (“B2B”) payments, this year called “The State of B2B Payments 2015: Emerging Business Value,” which Ardent is proud to announce is now available for download. The report captures...

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Introducing the State of Strategic Sourcing 2015 Research Report!

Ardent Partners is pleased to announce the publication of The State of Strategic Sourcing 2015: The Four Pillars of Sourcing Success report. Interested readers can download this exciting and informative annual research report by clicking here. Every year, the pace of business continues to accelerate, forcing enterprise sourcing teams to adapt to changes and shifts within global...

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How to Transform Procurement in Five Steps – an Introduction

As a researcher, one of the challenges to studying a phenomenon (also known as a dependent variable) is to forego assigning causation to a single independent variable without considering other potential variables and how they may be contributing to the event. After all, events do not happen in a vacuum, and independent variables are not...

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Making the Case for Spend Management in SMBs

Editor’s note: Today’s article highlights the findings from a new Ardent Partners research study, “How SMBs Can Manage Company Spend,” which was sponsored by spend management solution provider,ExpenseWatch. The report, which discusses how smaller organizations can make the case for centralizing spend management operations and support programs with spend management automation, is available for download...

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The Rise of Analytics and Business Intelligence in Travel and Expense Management

Editor’s Note: Today’s article is a preview of a new research report written by Ardent Partners and sponsored by Certify Software, a provider of travel and expense management technology. Click here to download a complimentary edition of the research report, which highlights the evolution of the expense management industry and tracks the impact of analytics and...

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Driving Procurement Transformation Upstream with Procure-to-Pay

Today’s article is centered on our recent Sailing Downstream: Why “Source-to-Settle” Defines Procurement Transformation in 2015 report, sponsored by Zycus, and available for download here (registration required). This report argues that it is preferential for Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) and procurement teams to begin a procurement transformation project “upstream” with strategic sourcing processes and then “sail downstream” towards...

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What Can Modern Contract Management Processes and Tools Do for the Enterprise?

Today’s article is the second in a series of articles centered on our Collaborative Contract Managementreport, sponsored by Iasta, and available for download here. In 2015, contract management has evolved from the back office, manual, time-intensive process that it was for so long into an automated, efficient, and innovative process that can drive greater collaboration inside and outside...

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