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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.

How to Navigate Your Spend Analysis Journey: Guideposts for Optimal Solution Selection (Webinar!)

On Tuesday, November 14 at 2 PM ET, join Ardent Partners’ Chief Research Officer, Andrew Bartolini, and SpendHQ’s Chief Revenue Officer, David Bush, for a complimentary webinar entitled, How to Navigate Your Spend Analysis Journey: Guideposts for Optimal Solution Selection (click to register). All spend analysis processes and solutions are not the same, yet there is...

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Meet the Speakers of CPO Rising 2017! Introducing Jeffrey Ball, CPO of Digital First Media

Ardent Partners is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Ball, Chief Procurement Officer of Digital First Media, to CPO Rising 2017. Jeff will deliver a presentation entitled “Putting the ‘Strategic’ in Strategic Procurement” on Day 1 of the event. We sat down with Jeff to learn about his background, his views on what makes procurement strategic, and to get...

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Meet the Speakers of CPO Rising 2017! Welcoming Back Bill Michels

Ardent Partners is pleased to welcome back to CPO Rising Bill Michels, CEO at Aripart Consulting and a longtime procurement practitioner. We had the chance to catch up with Bill recently to get his thoughts on supplier innovation. The following is a transcript of our interview, edited for brevity and clarity. Andrew Bartolini: Bill, welcome back to...

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Procurement Influencer Series: Tom Beaty, CEO of Insight Sourcing Group & SpendHQ – Part II

Editor’s Note: The following is a transcript of an interview by Andrew Bartolini with Tom Beaty, CEO of Insight Sourcing Group & SpendHQ. Some of the questions have been edited for brevity and clarity. Picking up where we left off…. Andrew Bartolini: So how do you work with clients to identify the top categories? And how do you help them...

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Technology Round-Up – October 19, 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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Meet the Speakers of CPO Rising 2017! Introducing Walter Charles of Biogen

Walter Charles III is the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) at Biogen. As the article below highlights, he is also a highly-successful innovator who has consistently over-delivered in every procurement role that he has held. He’s also been the CPO of three Fortune 250 companies. We are very fortunate to have Walter as one of the speakers at...

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Procurement Influencer Series: Tom Beaty, CEO of Insight Sourcing Group & SpendHQ – Part I

Editor’s Note: The following is a transcript of an interview by Andrew Bartolini with Tom Beaty, CEO of Insight Sourcing Group & SpendHQ. Some of the questions have been edited for brevity and clarity. Andrew Bartolini: Tom, please tell us a bit of your background and how the companies that you’ve formed and now lead have come about? Tom Beaty:...

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Technology Round-Up – October 12, 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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The Top Ten Reasons to Attend the CPO Rising 2017 Summit

There is now one month until The CPO Rising 2017 Summit, Ardent Partners’ annual procurement symposium. Have you registered yet? There are only a few days left to take advantage of the best pricing available (October 15). Why should you attend? Here are 10 reasons: 1. The unmatched lineup of top speakers…from Google, NASA, Flex, BD,...

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CPO News – October 6, 2017

Former Atlanta CPO Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy, Accepted Bribes In April, we brought you a story out of Atlanta concerning Adam Smith, the former Chief Procurement Officer who was terminated from his position after the FBI raided his office and home. His termination came amidst bribery and corruption allegations surrounding the city of Atlanta’s procurement operations. On...

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