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Ardent Partners – Supply Management Experts

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.

Technology Round-Up – April 20, 2017

CPO Rising’s Technology Round-Up returns today with another assortment of solution provider 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...

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SNEAK PREVIEW – CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade (Webinar)

Join Ardent Partners on Thursday, April 27 at 2 PM EST for a 30-minute, sneak-peak webinar on our forthcoming benchmark research report, CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade (click to register). Attendees of this webinar will gain a comprehensive view into what is happening in the world of procurement and discover the industry’s hot trends and key...

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ISM 2017 Conference To Tackle Global Issues, Uncertainty

In about a month, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) will host its 102nd annual conference in Orlando, Florida at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The ISM Conference is always a big draw for procurement and supply management professionals looking to network, learn best practices from their peers, and hear inspirational speakers from inside and outside of the...

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CPO News – April 6, 2017

Rich Products Names Georgia Dachille as EVP of Global Supply Chain and Technology Earlier this year, Buffalo-based Rich Products Corporation, a multi-national food-service company, announced that it has named Georgia Dachille as its new Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Technology. Dachille ascended to the newly-created role after working at Rich’s for 25 years, most recently as...

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Technology Round-Up – April 4, 2017

Tradeshift Adds Artificial Intelligence Capability to Platform On March 24,  Tradeshift, the California-based provider of supplier collaboration networks, announced that it has added an artificial intelligence (AI) “layer” onto its business/supplier network to boost user functionality and B2B collaboration. Dubbed Tradeshift Ada, the new AI feature leverages machine learning and natural language processing to learn user...

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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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Ivalua Now 2017

Ivalua held its second annual Ivalua Now customer conference last week in New York City. Ivalua was founded in 2000 and offers an end-to-end suite of spend management solutions. The company, which was founded in France, previously held a biennial user conference in Paris (here is our coverage of those prior events iValua On Air 2013 and Ivalua...

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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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Technology Round-up – March 23, 2017 (SAP Ariba Live Edition)

Earlier this week, Matt York and I attended the annual SAP Ariba LIVE conference at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The event is one of the industry’s largest (~3200 estimated attendees) and covers many topics and trends (We’ll have a few articles covering some of the major themes and presentations from the conference in the days ahead). SAP...

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