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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.

ISM 2017 Round-Up: Top Five Highlights from Orlando

Last week, Andrew Bartolini and I had the great pleasure of attending the Institute for Supply Management’s 102nd annual conference in sunny (and muggy) Orlando, Florida. The four-day event featured renowned procurement leaders, industry practitioners, and prestigious public figures from around the world who descended upon Disney World to learn from each other, be inspired...

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Happy Memorial Day From Ardent Partners

Memorial Day in the United States has different meaning for different people. For many, it is a weekend to reflect on the sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces in defense of our liberties and national interests and pay our respects. For others, it is a chance to “hit pause” on...

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David Cameron Keynotes ISM’s Annual Conference in Orlando

On Day 2 of the Institute for Supply Management’s 102nd annual conference in Orlando, the Rt. honourable David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, gave an impassioned speech to more than 2,500 procurement and supply management leaders and practitioners on geopolitics and supply management. ISM leaders invited Mr. Cameron to speak at this year’s...

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Procurement Influencer Series: Jack Mulloy of BuyerQuest – Part II

Editor’s Note: The following is a transcript of an interview by Andrew Bartolini with Jack Mulloy, CEO of BuyerQuest. Some of the questions have been edited for brevity and clarity. Last week, we began our profile of BuyerQuest CEO, Jack Mulloy, and how over his more than 25 years in the B2B and procurement technology industry, he...

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Technology Round-up – May 22 (Coupa Inspire Edition)

Coupa Inspire was held last week May 16-18 in San Franciso. Ardent Partners analysts were in attendance. During the conference, Coupa Software made many announcements. Today’s Technology Round-up is dedicated to several made at the conference. C-O-U-P-A As he does each year, Coupa’s CEO, Rob Bernshteyn welcomed the crowd with an impassioned keynote address designed more to define...

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Ardent Partners Announces The CPO Rising 2017 Summit

Publisher’s Note: Ardent Partners is absolutely thrilled to announce the dates and times of its CPO Rising 2017 Summit. Over the next few weeks, we will be making a series of announcements that illuminate the event more fully, including major themes, new CPO speakers, and a call for nominations for the CPO Honors Awards dinner. Please...

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SAP Ariba and IBM’s New Partnership – An Executive Q&A

Ardent’s team met with the executives at SAP Ariba and IBM to discuss the new partnership in more detail. Below is a series of questions and answers that we believe will be helpful to the customers and prospects of both companies. You may also want to read our initial coverage of the announcement and my Instant Analysis...

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P2P Technology Round-Up – May 18, 2017

Ardent Partners’ P2P Technology Round-Up returns today with another assortment of B2B payment and P2P solution-provider news and updates from the past month. 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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Instant Analysis: SAP Ariba and IBM’s New Partnership

When is an acquisition not an acquisition? When two of the world’s largest technology companies are involved… Earlier today, SAP Ariba and IBM announced a new and unique partnership that bonds the two companies together over new cognitive procurement solutions and the migration of current IBM Emptoris customers to the Ariba solution suite and network. Ardent’s...

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SAP Ariba Partners with IBM Emptoris to Bring Cognitive Procurement to the Masses

This morning at SAP’s annual SAPPHIRE NOW conference, SAP Ariba President, Alex Atzberger announced that his company will partner with IBM Emptoris to bring cognitive procurement to the Ariba Network of more than 2.5 million users.  Ardent Partners connected with Alex and Mike O’Leary, Director, Procurement Solutions and Supply Chain Insights, IBM Watson Customer Engagement, prior to the announcement to...

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