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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.

Announcing the Fourth Annual “State of Contingent Workforce Management” Research Study

For more than a decade, Ardent’s analyst team has tracked the progression and evolution of the contingent workforce, from its significance as a complex spend category to the burgeoning business force that it is today. Ardent Partners is excited to announce that the online research survey for our annual State of Contingent Workforce Management is now live (click here...

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Contingent Workforce Weekly, Episode 113: Why Intelligence Is Critical to the Future of Work

Welcome to another edition of the Contingent Workforce Weekly podcast, hosted by me — Ardent Partners’ research director, Christopher J. Dwyer. Episode 113 recaps the “gig economy” listener mailbag and discusses the importance of intelligence to the future of work. Listen to the new episode below to hear Christopher discuss: Why intelligence will be a...

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Going Swifter, Higher, Stronger in 2016

The Rio 2016 Olympics are still going full throttle through this Sunday and I’ve been doing my best to watch as much as I can (how about those American swimmers from Maryland!!). This year, approximately 11,550 athletes representing teams from 205 countries plus two independent teams  (Independent Olympic Team and the Refugee Olympic Team) traveled to Brazil to compete in...

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CPO Rising 2016: How the Best-in-Class Manage Supplier Performance for Superior Gains

Editor’s Note: For the past few weeks, we have been featuring a series of articles based in large part on Ardent Partners’ flagship research report, CPO Rising 2016: The Art and Science of Procurement (click to download). This benchmark report, sponsored by SAP Ariba, is based on the experiences of 331 Chief Procurement Officers and...

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The Real Impact of the Non-Employee Workforce and the Gig Economy

Editor’s Note: Catch up on the latest technology trends in the contingent workforce management space: download Ardent’s Contingent Workforce Management: 2016 Technology and Innovation Outlook Reportby clicking here. Innovation is a key component of today’s non-employee workforce; read all about it today! And, while you’re at it, catch up on the latest Contingent Workforce Weekly...

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ePayables 2016: Technology Innovations that Can Change the Face of AP

Editor’s Note: Today’s article is a sneak peek into the findings from Ardent Partners’ latest AP research report, “ePayables 2016: Eyes on Prize,” available for download here. CPO Rising will feature several articles highlighting key discussion points from the new report. In the last five years, advanced technologies have transformed how the accounts payable (“AP”)...

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Contingent Workforce Weekly, Episode 112: Listener Mailbag (Gig Economy Edition)

Welcome to another edition of the Contingent Workforce Weekly podcast. This week, host Christopher Dwyer answers listener questions about the “gig economy” and discusses why professionals across various business functions, particularly procurement and HR, should prioritize their approach towards this high-impact talent force. Also, Dwyer discusses what Randstad’s recent acquisition of Monster means for the...

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Webinar! Procurement 2020: A Strategy Checklist for the Decade Ahead

Editor’s Note: Are you free next Thursday, August 18 at 2 PM EST? Join Andrew Bartolini, Chief Research Officer, and Matthew York, Research Analyst, of Ardent Partners for a free webinar onProcurement 2020: A Strategy Checklist for the Decade Ahead, sponsored by Basware. The strategies, ideas, and approaches that have come to codify procurement best practices over the...

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Bravo’s New P2P Advantage: BravoSolution Acquires Puridiom (Instant Analysis)

On Monday, BravoSolution, a supply management solution provider that offers a suite of strategic sourcing solutions, announced that it had acquired Puridiom, a small, but longstanding solution suite provider specializing in procure-to-pay (“P2P”), in a transaction that closed on August 1. Financial terms of the transaction were not announced. The deal advances Bravo’s ongoing reach into the...

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How Source-to-Settle Solutions Manage (and Leverage) Big Data – Supplier Performance 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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