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Strategy  // Posts tagged as "Strategy"

ISM 2017 Conference To Tackle Global Issues, Uncertainty

In about a month, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) will host its 102nd annual conference in Orlando, Florida at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The ISM Conference is always a big draw for procurement and supply management professionals looking to network, learn best practices from their peers, and hear inspirational speakers from inside and outside of the...

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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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Webinar! Transforming Accounts Payable for the 21st Century

Several layers of today’s accounts payable (“AP”) function have gone unnoticed in recent years. As modern organizations continue to look internally for competitive advantages, they will soon realize that taking a strategic approach towards more tactical measures, such as those inherent to AP, can drive considerable value beyond basic cost efficiencies. In the contemporary business...

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How Will the “Gig Economy” Impact Procurement in 2017?

The procurement function has experienced first-hand business evolution across a variety of attributes, from technology and innovation to the emergence of data-driven strategies. Today’s procurement professionals have the opportunity to maximize their impact through a blend of various strategies and solutions that map directly to the strengths of the function. What’s particularly interesting about today’s procurement function...

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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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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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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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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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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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