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Suppliers  // Posts tagged as "Suppliers"

Procurement-led Innovation: How do YOU Define it?

Editor’s Note: Procurement-led innovation will be a huge topic at CPO Rising 2017, Ardent’s second-annual procurement executive conference to be held at Boston’s historic Harvard Club on Nov. 8-9. Want to attend? You’re in luck! We recently extended early-bird ticket pricing – register now and take advantage of discounted admission! Innovation is such a wonderfully powerful word...

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The CPO’s Agenda 2017: Same Pressures, New Responses

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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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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How Source-to-Settle Solutions Manage (and Leverage) Big Data – Supplier Performance Management

In the digital age, organizations as a whole and procurement departments in particular swim in data. It is everywhere, spread across an alphabet soup of internal and external systems – some connected, some not; some refined, some not; some structured, some not. It wasn’t always this way. Twenty-five years ago, the procurement function was manual,...

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Scanmarket: Continued Growth and an Eye on a Source-to-Settle Future

The analyst team at Ardent Partners recently sat down with Ole Nielsen, Founder and Chairman ofScanmarket A/S, a European-based provider of strategic sourcing solutions that was founded in 1999. Ole is based in Atlanta where he serves as the President & CEO Scanmarket’s North American Operations. Scanmarket Hits a Growth Spurt According to Ole, Scanmarket had a...

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CPO Rising 2016: How the Best-in-Class Leverage eSourcing for Superior Performance

Editor’s Note: Today and for the next few weeks, we will feature 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...

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How Source-to-Settle Solutions Manage (and Leverage) Big Data – Supplier Information Management

In the digital age, organizations as a whole and procurement departments in particular swim in data. It is everywhere, spread across an alphabet soup of internal and external systems – some connected, some not; some refined, some not; some structured, some not. It wasn’t always this way. Twenty-five years ago, the procurement function was manual,...

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How Source-to-Settle Solutions Manage (and Leverage) Big Data – eSourcing

In the digital age, organizations as a whole and procurement departments in particular swim in data. It is everywhere, spread across an alphabet soup of internal and external systems – some connected, some not; some refined, some not; some structured, some not. It wasn’t always this way. Twenty-five years ago, the procurement function was manual,...

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SAP Ariba Live Case Study: What AbbVie’s Spend Data “Tells” It

On Day 1 of SAP Ariba’s annual user conference, SAP Ariba Live 2016 in Las Vegas, the Ardent Partners analyst team sat in on a presentation entitled, Spend Analysis: What Your Data is Telling You and Why It’s Worth Listening. For more than an hour, several presenters from the pharmaceutical and energy/utilities industries shared very familiar pain points,...

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