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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.

UPCOMING WEBINAR: What’s Ahead for Contingent Workforce Management?

There’s no doubt that, seemingly by the week, the greater realm around today’s non-employee workforce is evolving at a rapid clip. From new technologies to new engagement methods, alternative talent sources and innovative concepts breaking into a new future of work, modern procurement and HR/human capital management professionals can be overwhelmed by the prevalence of...

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CPO Rising 2017 Topic: Strategies to Build a Better CFO Relationship

Building and maintaining a healthy working relationship with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is an integral part of many Chief Procurement Officer’s (CPO’s) job — largely because many CPOs report directly to CFOs, but also because AP/Finance and Procurement are such integral partners. As a result, building better CFO-CPO relationships will be a big topic at CPO...

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Technology Round-Up – July 6, 2017

Ardent Partners’ 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...

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Happy Fourth of July!

From all of us here at Ardent Partners to our community, we wish you and yours a happy and safe July 4th holiday. We’ll pick it back up tomorrow but in the meantime, enjoy some fireworks and the 1812 Overture by Jack Everly and the National Symphony in Washington, DC!

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CPO Rising 2017: Stepping Inside the Procurement Mindset

We recently published my twelfth annual CPO-themed report. Today’s article is part of an ongoing series focused on the report’s key findings. You can get the report here (registration required). CPO Rising 2017: Stepping Inside the Procurement Mindset Recent studies of human behavior and thinking invariably show that there are a large number of natural...

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More CPO Rising 2017 Summit Themes!

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 the...

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Are You Coming to the CPO Rising 2017 Summit?

As you may have heard, The CPO Rising 2017 Summit is set for Boston on November 8 & 9. Tickets are on sale now and early bird pricing is available until July 31. The speaker lineup will be unrivaled and the event is a must-attend show for Chief Procurement Officers and other procurement executives. If...

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Technology Round-Up – June 29, 2017

CPO Rising’s Technology Round-Up returns today with another assortment of complex spend 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....

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CPO Rising 2017: Staying Focused on the Long Game in Procurement

We recently published my twelfth annual CPO-themed report. Today’s article is part of an ongoing series focused on the report’s key findings. You can get the report here (registration required). Complacency Kills When discussing recent trends in procurement, the Great Recession of 2008 – 2009 remains an easy reference point to highlight the impact that a...

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CPO News – June 23, 2017

NIU Names Antoinette Bridges Director of Procurement Services and Contract Management Last week, Northern Illinois University named Antoinette Bridges as its newest Director of Procurement Services and Contract Management, effective July 1. She is currently the Associate Director of Procurement Services and Contract Management, and in her new role will be responsible for all procurement and...

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