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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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Procurement Influencer Series: Rob Bernshteyn of Coupa Part II

Publisher’s note: It should be noted that earlier this week, Coupa conducted a highly successful IPO . This is big industry news. We will look at the implications for the company and the supply management technology market in a future article. Last month, I sat down with Rob Bernshteyn, President and CEO of Coupa, the California-based provider of spend...

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How Source-to-Settle Solutions Manage (and Leverage) Big Data – Supply Risk Management

In the digital age, organizations as a whole and procurement departments in particular swim in data. It is everywhere, spread across an alphabet soup of internal and external systems – some connected, some not; some refined, some not; some structured, some not. It wasn’t always this way. Twenty-five years ago, the procurement function was manual,...

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The Trends (and Benefits) of Cloud-Based Technology Adoption: CPOs Take Notice

As we discussed in our latest report, Cloud-based solutions are revolutionizing the way that enterprises conduct business. These web-based versions of common business tools, like analytics or document management tools, retain most or all of the functionality of their desktop versions and provide significant access, customization, and utility to end users. More organizations are ditching on-premises...

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Next-Gen Contingent Workforce Management Analytics – Part I

The most interesting aspect regarding the current state of the typical contingent workforce is how the “contingent workforce umbrella” has transformed a once-underutilized strategy into a dominant corporate force. It wasn’t until the economic downturn of the late 00s that contingent labor captured the attention of business executives. Forced to “do more with less,” corporations...

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The Trends (and Benefits) of Solution Suite Adoption: CPOs Take Notice

Ardent Partners has been tracking the supply management solution provider market, as well as the strategies, processes, and behaviors of Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs), their teams, and end users for many years. One of the trends that has emerged in the collection of survey responses is the rise in adoption of integrated strategic sourcing and procure-to-pay...

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Is Blockchain a “Future of Work” Gamechanger?

Innovation within the business world is now an accepted attribute. It does not surprise many professionals within the realm of procurement, human resources, finance, or other key functions when new technologies, platforms, and solutions arise to automate and/or enhance core business processes. And, in an age when the bridge between the consumer and business worlds...

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Procurement Influencer Series: Rob Bernshteyn of Coupa Part I

Publisher’s Note: The Ardent Partners family has grown by one with birth Jackson Robert York born yesterday to CPO Rising’s tireless editor, Matt York, and his wife Renee. All three are well (and sleeping we hope). Please joining us in welcoming Jackson and congratulating his parents! Last month, I sat down with Rob Bernshteyn, President and CEO of Coupa,...

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