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Transformation  // Posts tagged as "Transformation"

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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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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CPO Rising 2016 Recap: The CEO’s View of Procurement

On Day 1 of Ardent Partners’ inaugural CPO Rising procurement executive summit, Louie Psallidas, President and CEO of Uno Restaurants, delivered a keynote presentation entitled, “The CEO’s View of Procurement: Strategies to Engage the C-Suite.” Although the audience at the event was predominantly procurement and supply chain focused, Louie delivered what may have been one of the most valuable...

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How New or Improved Technologies Can Transform Procurement – Supplier Management

As Chief Procurement Officers (“CPOs”) and procurement practitioners move into 2016, they have the need and the capability for advanced technology solutions to automate and link the source-to-settle process – upstream, strategic sourcing and downstream, procure-to-pay (“P2P”). Digital, automated supply management solutions can help overworked and understaffed procurement teams scale resources and extend their power and...

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SMBs: Getting Started with AP Automation

Our annual “State of ePayables” research survey is now open. Your responses will help us establish the Best-in-Class metrics that readers can use to benchmark the performance of their AP operations. If you have a few minutes, I encourage you to click here and take it. Thanks in advance! One interesting thing in recent years as...

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CPO Insider: Four Lessons Learned, Our CPO Reflects Part I

Over the past four months, Ardent Partners has presented one Chief Procurement Officer’s insightful and fascinating foray into a procurement outsourcing project that has gone terribly wrong. [Readers can review all eleven articles in the “CPO Insider” series by clicking here.] What started out as a larger corporate initiative to reduce headcount and increase savings and efficiencies devolved...

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CPO Insider: Procurement Outsourcing (Episode 11) – Situation Normal….

In many ways, our upcoming event, The CPO Rising 2016 Summit, epitomizes the research and work we have done for years, working with, advising, and surveying thousands of Chief Procurement Officers (“CPOs”) with the aim of producing the type of insight that helps procurement teams improve their operations and results. As a prelude to our...

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