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CPO Rising 2017 Summit Perspectives – Procurement with Purpose, from SAP Ariba

This year’s CPO Rising 2017 Summit featured exciting roundtable sessions where attendees got to exchange ideas and talk about innovative strategies to help improve the performance of their procurement department. In this article series, we look to our roundtable hosts, who captured thoughts and insights from the roundtable sessions they each hosted at the Summit....

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UPCOMING WEBINAR: Gauging the Future of Contingent Workforce Management

Join Ardent Partners’ Research Director and VP of Research, Christopher J. Dwyer, along with DCR Workforce, for a complimentary webinar on December 5 at 1 PM EST on The State of Contingent Workforce Management: Insights into the Future of Work…and Beyond (click to register). Ten years ago, very few organizations across the globe perceived non-employee labor...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Whether you’re watching parades, football, a dog show, or your family argue over politics, everyone at Ardent Partners wishes you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re taking a break from the ritual turkey, stuffing, pigskin, and family pleasantries and would like to catch up on some reading, we invite you to peruse our recent research publications...

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UPCOMING WEBINAR: How Does On-Demand Talent Fit into the New World of Work?

Evolution has become an accepted component of the average business. From new advancements in technology to innovative strategies for tackling key enterprise issues, today’s businesses are actively living in a world where “change” is an everyday occurrence. One such avenue of change, the continued consumerization of the enterprise structure, has given way to a new...

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The Making of a Chief Procurement Officer

Publisher’s Note: We at Ardent Partners are still pretty jazzed from our second annual CPO Rising procurement executive summit, which we wrapped up less than 24 hours ago. It was an engaging, enlightening, and rewarding couple of days at the Harvard Club of Boston, and we’re all grateful to our community of procurement leaders and practitioners who attended...

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Meet the Speakers of CPO Rising 2017! Welcoming Back CPO Rising Hall of Famer, Hal Good

Ardent Partners is pleased to welcome back Harold “Hal” Good, a lifelong procurement practitioner, procurement “luminary,” and CPO Rising Hall of Famer, to CPO Rising 2017. He will host an Expert Roundtable session entitled, “How the “Internet of Things” Will Impact Procurement in the Next Five Years.” Hal is an accomplished professional with over 30 years of Chief Procurement Officer...

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Meet the Speakers of CPO Rising 2017! Welcoming Back John Zagata of Enbridge

Ardent Partners is pleased to welcome John Zagata, Director of Indirect Goods and Services for Enbridge, back to Boston in a week for The CPO Rising 2017 Summit. John will deliver a presentation entitled, “From Inception to Success: A Three-Year Contingent Workforce Journey,” in which he will share how he and his team developed, implemented, and enhanced a...

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Meet the Speakers of CPO Rising 2017! Introducing Jeffrey Ball, CPO of Digital First Media

Ardent Partners is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Ball, Chief Procurement Officer of Digital First Media, to CPO Rising 2017. Jeff will deliver a presentation entitled “Putting the ‘Strategic’ in Strategic Procurement” on Day 1 of the event. We sat down with Jeff to learn about his background, his views on what makes procurement strategic, and to get...

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Meet the Speakers of CPO Rising 2017! Welcoming Back Bill Michels

Ardent Partners is pleased to welcome back to CPO Rising Bill Michels, CEO at Aripart Consulting and a longtime procurement practitioner. We had the chance to catch up with Bill recently to get his thoughts on supplier innovation. The following is a transcript of our interview, edited for brevity and clarity. Andrew Bartolini: Bill, welcome back to...

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Procurement Influencer Series: Tom Beaty, CEO of Insight Sourcing Group & SpendHQ – Part II

Editor’s Note: The following is a transcript of an interview by Andrew Bartolini with Tom Beaty, CEO of Insight Sourcing Group & SpendHQ. Some of the questions have been edited for brevity and clarity. Picking up where we left off…. Andrew Bartolini: So how do you work with clients to identify the top categories? And how do you help them...

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