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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.

SAPPHIRE 2015: Running Simple and Connecting the Business World

In a busy week that began in Phoenix at ISM’s 100th annual conference (more on that conference next week), I was able, nonetheless, to get to SAPPHIRE in Orlando for the Day 2 Keynotes featuring Bernd Leukert & Steve Singh. One of the major challenges facing the modern business is communication in all of its many forms including...

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Payables News Weekly: Tradeshift Creates a New Executive Role, Bottomline Gets a New CFO

Editor’s Note: Ardent Partners is excited to announce the launch of its 2015 “State of ePayables” market research survey, available here. All participants of this landmark research survey will receive a complimentary copy of the resulting research report in late May. (While the survey is comprehensive, participants can expect to spend only 15 minutes of their time answering...

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CPO Rising 2015: The Agility Agenda – CPOs Can’t Afford to Go it Alone

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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AP Predictions for 2015: Networks Will Become the Critical Link to Suppliers

Editor’s Note: Ardent Partners is excited to announce the launch of its 2015 “State of ePayables” market research survey, available here. All participants of this landmark research survey will receive a complimentary copy of the resulting research report in late May. (While the survey is comprehensive, participants can expect to spend only 15 minutes of their time answering...

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CPO Roundtable Series: Under Pressure

Over the past several months, Ardent Partners and IBM have worked to bring together several best-in-class chief procurement officers around specific themes with the express aim of garnering the best ideas, strategies, and practices that these industry-renowned experts use to drive top-flight results at their respective enterprises. Each roundtable is recorded and provided as a...

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The Next Generation of Procurement: The Millennials Have Shown Up to Work

[Editor's Note: we're publishing today's article to coincide with ISM's 100th annual conference that is currently being held in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Andrew Bartolini and I are in attendance with Andrew presenting this morning at 10:45. If you're at the conference, we invite you to his presentation or just say hi when you see us.] Much...

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SURVEY: The 2015 “State of ePayables” Market Research Study

There’s no denying that the world of accounts payable is changing … and evolving. It’s becoming a function that is now considered to be more of a strategic information “hub” than the traditional back-office label it shed only recently. Today’s AP function is becoming a valuable source of information, intelligence, and strategic value to the...

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CPO Rising 2015: The Agility Agenda – The CPO Needs VIP Access

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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Payables News Weekly: China Opens its Payments Market, Amazon Launches B2B Commerce Engine

It’s been a relatively big news week for the accounts payable industry. News of China opening up its payments market to foreign competition is perhaps some of the biggest news, with the revelation that Amazon launched its business-to-business commerce engine a close second. Also, SAP’s Concur has made its flagship TripIt™ app is available on...

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Sourcing: Why Enterprises Should Stop Worrying and Love the Procurement Team

The goals of a business haven’t changed too much in the 150 years since the procurement function first arose at the dawn of the second industrial revolution – enterprises need to purchase goods and services for less money and sell for higher prices—this impetus has not shifted much since business first began. What has changed,...

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