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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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Looking Back, Around, and Ahead on Procurement Technology Adoption

We recently published my twelfth annual CPO-themed report, CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade. Today’s article is part of an ongoing series focused on the report’s key findings. You can get the report here (registration required). In procurement as in other facets of business, it is important to consider the organizational mindset for action...

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The CPO Rising 2017 Summit Venue Named “Best Venue” in Boston!

The Harvard Club of Boston, the prestigious and historic event venue and site of the CPO Rising 2017 Summit, was recently named by Boston Magazine as one of the best event venues in Boston. Located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood, the century-old main clubhouse is situated in the heart of Boston on Commonwealth Avenue,...

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CPO Rising 2017: Stepping Inside the Procurement Mindset

We recently published my twelfth annual CPO-themed report. Today’s article is part of an ongoing series focused on the report’s key findings. You can get the report here (registration required). CPO Rising 2017: Stepping Inside the Procurement Mindset Recent studies of human behavior and thinking invariably show that there are a large number of natural...

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