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CPO  // Posts tagged as "CPO"

CPO Rising 2017 Report: Extreme Technology Adoption

We recently published my twelfth annual CPO-themed report, CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade, which is part of an ongoing dialogue that my team and I have had with Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) and other procurement leaders for more than a decade (I began writing a version of this report in 2006). Over the next few weeks,...

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The CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade Report… is Now Available

We recently published my twelfth annual CPO-themed report, CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade, which is part of an ongoing dialogue that my team and I have had with Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) and other procurement leaders for more than a decade (I began writing a version of this report in 2006). Over the next few...

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Announcing The CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade Report

I consider myself very lucky in that I really enjoy my work. And, of all of the things that I look forward to each year, working on our annual CPO Rising research study ranks right at the top. As such, I am very pleased to announce to you today that Ardent Partners’ CPO Rising 2017:...

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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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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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Genpact: A Procurement BPO Provider Swims Upstream

Genpact (Ticker: G), the business process outsourcing (“BPO”) firm, has a long history as a procurement outsourcing provider. Today’s article highlights my recent conversation with Jonathan Kirby, the SVP and Practice Leader of Genpact’s Source-to-Pay (“S2P”) services. Industry veterans may recognize the name since Jon is a former CPO bringing to bear 25 years of procurement and IT experience — notably as the Chief Procurement...

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The Art and Science of Procurement

“To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Learn how to see.” – Leonardo Da Vinci, Artist & Scientist The idea behind the theme (and subtitle) of this year’s CPO Rising 2016 report was not to pose the question of whether procurement is an art or a science.  Rather...

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Exostar: Enhancing Security for Source-to-Settle Solutions

The Ardent Partners analyst team recently sat down with Tim Zullo, Marketing Director, and Mark Hogan,Product Manager, of Exostar, a Northern Virginia based provider of secure source-to-pay solutions for heavily regulated industries, who briefed us on what the company has been up to recently and what its plans are for the year ahead. Background Exostar began as a...

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Are Your Supply Management Processes “Fail-safe?”

When things don’t go according to plans, the unprepared are often forced to act as mere spectators left to “grin and bear it,” while hoping that either no one notices or that the impact of the issue is not devastating. If you’re in charge of toilet flow and general construction in the Olympic Village, your mistakes are covered by...

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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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