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The Cognitive Procurement “Ecosystem”

Editor’s Note: Today’s article is a preview of an Ardent Partners research report, Cognitive Procurement: The Age of Intelligence, sponsored by IBM Watson Commerce. Interested readers can download this exciting and informative report by clicking here. What a year 2016 was! Apart from Brexit, the Olympics, and the U.S. Presidential Election, 2016 bore witness to the...

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The ROI of a Best-in-Class Procurement Department – Report Preview!

Ardent Partners, in conjunction with Zycus, is pleased to present this research report, The ROI of a Best-in-Class Procurement Department. Interested readers can access the report with our compliments by clicking here. Leading executives today understand that a top-performing procurement operation can deliver a competitive advantage. But the simple truth is that a majority of business leaders have never...

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SAP Ariba Live: Making Supply Risk Management Awesome

Earlier this week, Andrew Bartolini and I attended the annual SAP Ariba LIVE conference at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. The event is one of the industry’s largest (~3200 estimated attendees) and covers many topics and trends, like innovation, customer success stories, and inspiring words from business leaders and practitioners. This year’s Live was particularly inspiring, with speakers from...

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Chief Procurement Officers: Developing Procurement Mastery

CPO Rising 2017: Tools of The Trade – Ardent Partners conducts an annual procurement-themed market research study each year and this is it. By taking the survey, you have an opportunity to help advance the collective knowledge of the entire procurement profession AND get a copy of the full report when it publishes in March. If...

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A Portrait of the CPO as a Young Man or Woman

CPO Rising 2017: Tools of The Trade – Ardent Partners conducts an annual procurement-themed market research study each year and this is it. By taking the survey, you have an opportunity to help advance the collective knowledge of the entire procurement profession AND get a copy of the full report when it publishes in March. If...

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How CIOs and CPOs Learned to Stopped Worrying and Love Innovation

Editor’s Note: This article is based upon Ardent Partners’ recent report, The CPO and CIO’s New Approach to Evaluating Enterprise Technology (sponsored by Coupa). Click to download (registration required). Historically, most Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) have led their respective organizations independently of one another and focused their resources and efforts accordingly....

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How Innovative Supply Management Technologies Create Opportunity for CPOs

Editor’s Note: This article is based upon Ardent Partners’ recent report, The CPO and CIO’s New Approach to Evaluating Enterprise Technology (sponsored by Coupa). Click to download (registration required). The age of innovation has arrived at the doorstep of enterprise software and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) are well-poised to take...

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One Job, Two Legacies: How CIOs and CPOs Historically Evaluated Enterprise Technology

For some time, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and IT departments have been in the driver’s seat when it comes to evaluating and adopting technology solutions. However, Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) and procurement teams have been co-piloting the process more and more as their responsibilities and influence increase across the enterprise, particularly with IT. The two business leaders,...

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The State of Contingent Workforce Management: Adapting to a New World of Work

Editor’s Note: Ardent Partners’ latest report, The State of Contingent Workforce Management: Adapting to a New World of Work, is ready for instant download. Click this link to get your free copy (registration required). The business world is changing. The way work is addressed, the way work is done, has been transformed. The lines are...

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Announcing the Sourcing and Procurement: 2016-2017 Tech and Innovation Outlook Report!

Hot off the presses! Get your hands on Ardent Partners’ latest and greatest technology-focused research,Sourcing and Procurement: The 2016-2017 Technology and Innovation Outlook Report! Click here to download (registration required). The business world is forcing its executives, like the Chief Procurement Officer (“CPO”), to adapt to changing market conditions, customer demands, and technology innovations in order to drive...

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