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Ardent Partners – Supply Management Experts

Welcome!

Ardent Partners is a research and advisory firm focused on defining and advancing the supply management strategies, processes, and technologies that drive business value and accelerate organizational transformation.

Ardent Partners actively covers the supply management marketplace and produces research to help business decision-makers understand (1) industry best practices and how to improve performance and (2) the technology landscape and how to identify the best-fit solution(s) for their specific needs.

We believe our team’s first-hand experience benchmarking enterprise performance and evaluating, developing, packaging, deploying, and using supply management solutions makes us eminently qualified to advise our clients on ways to improve their operations and results.

Ardent Partners also publishes a network of sites that attract and influence key business decision makers in both procurement and finance.

Research Preview: Next-Gen Spend: Accelerating Procurement Performance with Data-Driven Strategies

Today’s article is a preview of a report that Ardent Partners recently published entitled, Next-Gen Spend: Accelerating Procurement Performance with Data-Driven Strategies. The report is sponsored by GEPand interested readers can download it here. There may be no greater advantage for the modern enterprise than visibility. Today’s procurement organizations are often under pressure to not only drive down...

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AribaLIVE 2015: Looking to the Future of Business Commerce

[Publisher's Note: Today’s article is an analysis of two similar but separate presentations delivered by Ariba executives at their user conferences this spring. The first was at AribaLIVE in Las Vegas (April 7-9), the second was at AribaLIVE Munich (June 8-10).] We live in a global world. Ariba is a global platform. We can do...

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Two Days With Beeline and the Future of the Extended Workforce

[Editor’s note: Last week, resident contingent workforce management (CWM) expert and Ardent Partners research director, Christopher J. Dwyer, joined Vendor Management System (VMS) provider Beeline for their annual user conference on sunny Amelia Island in Florida. Today’s article is Christopher’s recap of the event and insights from the two-day conference, which drew nearly 110 attendees...

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CPO News – June 15, 2015

Meritor Chief Procurement Officer Named President of Aftermarket and Trailer Division On April 30, Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR), a Troy, Michigan-based global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, named Robert Speed as President of Aftermarket & Trailer in addition to his role as Chief Procurement Officer (CPO). In his dual role, Speed...

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BravoAdvantage: Taking Sourcing and Supplier Management to the “Next Level”

Ahead of BravoSolution’s user group in London this week, we caught up with Jim Wetekamp, BravoSolution’s CEO and Andrea Brody, Bravo’s new SVP of Marketing, to get a general update and discuss “BravoAdvantage,” the company’s latest release of its full strategic sourcing and supplier management suite. Bravo by the Numbers With its global footprint, it is sometimes...

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Webinar: Collaborative Procurement: Using Relationships to Drive Influence and Results

Join Ardent’s Chief Research Officer, Andrew Bartolini on a June 17th (2 pm ET) webinar sponsored by Puridiom when he presents the findings from his upcoming report “Collaborative Procurement: Using Relationships to Drive Influence and Results” – Click here to register About the Report & Webinar: In 2015, Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) are pressured to drive more...

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Technology Round-Up – June 3, 2015

Hubwoo Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results On April 30, Hubwoo (Euronext: HBW.NX), the Paris-based provider of cloud-based spend management and business process automation solutions, announced financial results for the first quarter of 2015. Gregory Mark, Hubwoo CEO and Board Chairman (click here for our Procurement Influencer Series Q&A with him), led the call and highlighted the quarterly...

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ISM at 100: The Hidden Risks Lurking Within Supplier Relationships

Ardent Partners’ analyst team attended the 100th annual Institute for Supply Management (ISM)conference in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago. Risk, in many of its forms, was a regular topic throughout the event – from Dr. Robert Gates’ opening keynote on global instability, to discussions about conflict minerals compliance, food risk, contract risk, and sustainability issues that...

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UPCOMING WEBINAR: Building the Next-Gen CWM Program

[Editor’s note: Readers of CPO Rising know that the site’s contributors often present their thought leadership ideas, research findings, and industry insights on webcasts throughout the year. Today’s article is a brief preview of “Building the Next-Generation Contingent Workforce Management Program,” an upcoming webinar hosted by ZeroChaos and featuring Ardent Partners’ resident contingent workforce management...

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CPO Rising 2015 – What is an Agility Agenda?

Ardent Partners recently published my annual CPO-themed report – CPO Rising 2015: The Agility Agenda (click to download, registration required) – that is drawn from the responses of more than 300 Chief Procurement Officers and other procurement executives (as well as 26 CPO interviews) and presents a comprehensive, industry-wide view into what is happening in the world...

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