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Strategy  // Posts tagged as "Strategy"

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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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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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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Opportunities for Direct Materials eSourcing

At this year’s SAP Ariba Live, SAP Ariba announced that they are making a strategic push into direct materials management, among other things, in an effort to expand their solution footprint, increase spend coverage, and drive towards its goal of having $5 trillion in spend transacted on the Ariba Network. DirectWorks is another company that plays...

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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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