Andrew Bartolini is a globally recognized expert in sourcing, procurement, accounts payable, and supply management. At Ardent Partners, Andrew focuses his research and efforts on helping enterprises develop and execute strategies to achieve operational excellence within their procurement and finance departments. Andrew is also the publisher of CPO Rising, the first independent media site written for and about Chief Procurement Officers and other procurement executives.
Advisor to CPOs and leading solutions companies alike, Andrew is a sought-after presenter, having lectured and presented more than 150 times in seven different countries. Over the past seven years, Andrew has benchmarked thousands of enterprises across all facets of their supply management operations and his research is currently part of the Supply Chain/Management curriculum at several US universities. He actively covers the technology marketplace as well as trends in sourcing, procurement, supply management, and accounts payable and has been published or quoted in leading business publications including The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, and Fortune, as well as the major trade publications focused on supply management.
Andrew was previously the Vice President & Group Director of Global Supply Management research at Aberdeen Group where he was responsible for all associated research, services, and programs including the CPO Summit. While there, Andrew authored more than 150 thought leadership pieces of research and analysis that addressed the blend of people, processes, and technologies needed to achieve organizational transformation.
Prior to joining Aberdeen, Andrew developed, packaged, deployed, and used supply management solutions on behalf of enterprises in the Global 2000 while working for Ariba and Commerce One. Additionally, his experience in strategic sourcing, business process transformation, and software implementation provides a ‘real-world’ context for his research and writing.
He has been named a “Pro to Know” by Supply and Demand Chain Executive three times and holds a B.A. in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.B.A in Finance from Indiana University.
Christopher J. Dwyer is considered a premier thought leader in the world of supply management and a renowned expert in contingent workforce management, travel and expense management, and meetings/events management. He is the preeminent source of thought leadership in these areas and evangelizes the evolution of complex spend management. Over the last eight years, Christopher has written hundreds of research reports and interviewed, advised, and benchmarked thousands of end-user professionals and executives in regards to their complex spend management operations.
Christopher joins Ardent from the Aberdeen Group, where he spent the last seven years tracking the progression of complex category spend management strategies and solutions while helping to educate the global market. During the last four years, Christopher led Aberdeen’s Global Supply Management practice and oversaw and contributed to the company’s coverage of procurement, strategic sourcing, spend analysis, ePayables (accounts payable automation) and supplier management.
Christopher will lead Ardent’s coverage of the evolution of complex spend management including contingent workforce management, T&E expense management, and all other complex categories of spend and provide research and advice so that end-user organizations can enhance their capabilities and competencies and make the smart decisions that will ultimately improve their performance.
Vishal Patel is a recognized expert in the world of accounts payable and supply management. He has worked closely with accounts payable and procurement groups for most of his career, researching best practices and advising clients on how to utilize technology to improve organizational performance. Vishal is the lead analyst for Ardent’s ePayables (Accounts Payable automation) coverage and is also responsible for the oversight of certain AP solution selection and benchmarking projects.
Vishal is also the author of the ePayables SMARTSet™, a low-cost, comprehensive set of research tools and templates designed to guide organizations through the process of automating their process and selecting the best-fit solutions for their specific requirements and budgets.
Vishal joined Ardent from a technology provider, where, as Director of Business Development, he helped establish and grow the company’s US business by helping corporations de-couple their marketing supply chains and drive significant savings. Earlier in his career, Vishal was a Research Director in the Global Supply Management research practice at Aberdeen Group where he led and supported the coverage of many key areas including contract management, commercial cards, ePayables, and complex category management.
Vishal has been named a “Pro to Know” by Supply and Demand Chain Executive and holds a B.S. in Finance and International Business from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A from Babson College.
"Scoring procurement performance can be as complex and nuanced as the value that the function delivers; linking that performance to overall business objectives and results can be even more difficult. Nonetheless, it is incumbent upon CPOs to “keep score” of their team’s performance and use that opportunity to develop a set of metrics that can help procurement departments prioritize and focus their resources, track and improve their performance, and communicate how their work and results support enterprise objectives and what they plan to achieve in the future."
CPO Rising 2012: Keeping Score
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