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Announcing Ardent Partners’ Supply Management Book of Numbers for 2017!

Over the past decade, Ardent Partners has conducted more supply management market research studies than any other firm or consultancy in the industry. In that time, we have benchmarked thousands of distinct organizations across all aspects of their supply management programs. As a result, we are pleased to present Ardent Partners’ Supply Management Book of Numbers for 2017...

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Webinar! Strategic Spend Management – Last Chance to Register (9/27)!

“By surveying thousands of distinct organizations over the years, Ardent Partners has been able to clearly establish that the groups that manage very high levels of spend perform significantly better across the other key performance and operational metrics tracked by procurement departments.” ~ Andrew Bartolini, The CPO Rising 2017 Report With that in mind, join us...

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Meet the Speakers of CPO Rising 2017! Welcoming Back Bill McNally of NASA

Last year, we were fortunate to have Bill McNally, deputy chief acquisition officer at NASA, who directs procurement across the entire space agency, join Ardent Partners’ inaugural CPO Rising Procurement Executive Summit. He and his panel were such a hit at last year’s event (and on an IBM-sponsored CPO Roundtable Series) that we’re welcoming Bill back to...

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Total Workforce Management’s Place in the New World of Work

Editor’s Note: If you’re interested in learning more about the progressive workforce model discussed in today’s article, download our latest report, The Modern Guide to Total Workforce Management, by clicking here, here, or here. Any executive that takes a short peek outside of their business will notice something astounding: founded on innovative talent engagement methods, the...

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Meet the Speakers of CPO Rising 2017! Introducing Uldis Sipols

I’ve known Uldis Sipols for many years and am pleased to announce that he will be serving as the Chairperson on Day One of the CPO Rising 2017 Summit. Uldis began his 40-year career in procurement in the way that many people in the industry do – he sort of stumbled into it. After earning his MBA...

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Webinar! Strategic Spend Management: Best-in-Class Strategies for CPO Success

Join Ardent Partners’ Chief Research Officer, Andrew Bartolini, and special guests from BuyerQuest and Kimberly-Clark in an exclusive webinar on Wednesday, September 27th at 2 PM ET, sponsored by BuyerQuest, where they will discuss the Best-in-Class strategies to improve spend management. Click here to register! Spend under Management refers to the percentage of total enterprise spend (which is comprised of...

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CPO Rising 2017: Technology Mastery

There is a very clear difference between doing something and doing something well. This concept rings true for the users of supply management technology who, by and large, struggle to use it well. Getting a team to consistently use technology to deliver dependable results is more difficult than it would seem; and empirical research on...

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Beyond Price: Finding the Right Suppliers Using Sophisticated Sourcing Strategies

Editor’s Note: Ardent Partners recently published a new sourcing-themed report, Beyond Price: Finding the Right Suppliers Using Sophisticated Sourcing Strategies, sponsored by EC Sourcing Group. If you would like to access the report, it is available for download here (registration required). During the sourcing process, procurement teams need to consider a range of qualitative factors in...

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ANNOUNCING: The Fifth Annual “State of Contingent Workforce Management” Research Study

It’s no secret that the world of work is changing and evolving, seemingly, by the day. From the rampant growth of the non-employee workforce (which comprises 38% of today’s total workforce) to the greater impact of the Gig Economy, today’s contingent workforce management (CWM) programs must be primed, ready, and prepared for a new era...

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Procurement-led Innovation: How do YOU Define it?

Editor’s Note: Procurement-led innovation will be a huge topic at CPO Rising 2017, Ardent’s second-annual procurement executive conference to be held at Boston’s historic Harvard Club on Nov. 8-9. Want to attend? You’re in luck! We recently extended early-bird ticket pricing – register now and take advantage of discounted admission! Innovation is such a wonderfully powerful word...

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