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Ardent Partners – Research with Results!

Welcome!

Ardent Partners is a research and advisory firm focused on defining and advancing the supply management strategies, processes, and technologies that drive business value and accelerate organizational transformation.

Ardent Partners actively covers the supply management marketplace and produces research to help business decision-makers understand (1) industry best practices and how to improve performance and (2) the technology landscape and how to identify the best-fit solution(s) for their specific needs.

We believe our team’s first-hand experience benchmarking enterprise performance and evaluating, developing, packaging, deploying, and using supply management solutions makes us eminently qualified to advise our clients on ways to improve their operations and results.

Ardent Partners also publishes a network of sites that attract and influence key business decision makers in both procurement and finance.

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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Technology Round-Up – September 14, 2017

Ardent’s Technology Round-Up returns today with another assortment of supply management technology news and updates from the past month to share with our community. If you are a sourcing, procurement, or spend management solution provider and you have news to share with us, please drop us a note at editor at cporising dot com. Thanks, and enjoy!...

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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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Meet the Speakers of CPO Rising 2017! Introducing Tom Linton

Today’s article is the next installment in Ardent Partners’ “Meet the Speakers of CPO Rising 2017” series, featuring Tom Linton, Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer at Flex. Tom will give a Day 1 keynote address entitled, “The Evolving Imperative of Operating in Real Time.” We sat down with Tom recently to discuss his work at Flex, its...

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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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CPO News – September 1, 2017

Editor’s Note: On November 8 & 9, 2017, a select group of Chief Procurement Officers and other business leaders will come together at the Harvard Club in Boston’s Back Bay for the CPO Rising 2017 Summit, an executive symposium brought to you by Ardent Partners. The unparalleled speaker panel will highlight procurement-led innovation within the enterprise and across...

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P2P Technology Round-Up – August 31, 2017

Ardent’s P2P Technology Round-Up returns today with another assortment of ePayables, P2P and B2B payment solution provider news and updates from the past month. Esker Partners with Konica Minolta to Automate Business Processes Earlier this month, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, a Japanese technology company that offers business and workflow solutions announced a new partnership with Esker, a cloud-based document process...

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Learn from the Best: Great Speakers Fill the Agenda at the CPO Rising 2017 Summit

Learn from and Network with Top Chief Procurement Officers It may not surprise you, but I honestly believe that the speaker roster we’re assembling for our CPO Rising 2017 Summit is unrivaled and even better than last year’s star-studded lineup. As you know by now, on November 8 and 9, Ardent Partners will host the CPO Rising...

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Technology Round-Up – August 17, 2017

Ardent’s Technology Round-Up returns today with another assortment of supply management technology news and updates from the past month to share with our community. If you are a sourcing, procurement, or spend management solution provider and you have news to share with us, please drop us a note at editor at cporising dot com. Thanks, and enjoy!...

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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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