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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.

eSourcing: Five Lessons Learned from Gregg Brandyberry

Today, we highlight the long and illustrious career of Gregg Brandyberry, President of Rapid Deployment Procurement Excellence, Inc., and one of three members of the CPO Rising Hall of Fame Charter Class of 2016. On Day 1 of Ardent Partners’ inaugural CPO Rising Procurement Executive Summit, Gregg sat on a lively CPO Panel Discussion: Procurement Agility in the Age of...

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Technology Round-Up – May 26, 2016

SciQuest Announces Portfolio Savings Manager, Q1 Financial Results On May 16, North Carolina-based SciQuest (Nasdaq: SQI), which offers automated spend management solutions for procurement practitioners, announced the release of Portfolio Savings Manager (“PSM”), a cloud-based, cross-functional tool that allows users from AP/Finance, Procurement, and elsewhere within the enterprise to monitor and track the performance of enterprise savings...

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The Value of Change Management for Accounts Payable

Changing a business process is not an easy task; it takes a significant amount of time and effort to first motivate stakeholders to want to change, and then to actually convince them to execute that change. This can be especially true in functions that, like accounts payable (“AP”), have traditionally operated as back-office departments that garner...

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ISM 2016: eISM Goes Live

At the 101st annual Institute for Supply Management (“ISM”) conference in Indianapolis last week, ISM debuted a new e-Learning initiative, eISM, that is designed to meet the needs of today’s busy procurement and supply management professionals wherever, whenever, and however they need it. eISM follows last year’s release of the ISM Mastery Model, which seeks to offer industry...

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How to Counter the “Unknown Unknowns” in Supply Risk Management

Some of the most interesting facets of supply risk management revolve around the unknown – what could happen, under what circumstances, what the impact could be, and what to do about it. Many people lose sleep over the unknowns in their professional (and personal) lives, at least until they have nailed down some specifics and...

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Webinar! It Pays to Pay Electronically: What Does Paperless Mean to You?

For many in Procurement and Accounts Payable, going paperless cuts out a lot of the pain associated with manual processing. ePayments are often described as a digital easy button. But not so quick – unfortunately, getting suppliers to accept your electronic payments can be a struggle. As organizations expand their capabilities in Procure to Pay...

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Gregg Brandyberry: Profile of a CPO Rising Hall-of-Famer

Today on CPO Rising, we highlight the long and illustrious career of Gregg Brandyberry, President of Rapid Deployment Procurement Excellence, Inc., and one of three members of the CPO Rising Hall of Fame Charter Class of 2016. On Day 1 of the event, Gregg sat on a lively CPO Panel Discussion: Procurement Agility in the Age of Innovation, where...

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What Can We Learn from the Golden State Warriors?

Editor’s Note: Today’s article is yet another indicator of the evolution of the non-employee workforce. If you don’t have lunch plans for this afternoon, be sure to check out Ardent’s resident contingent workforce management (“CWM”) expert and research director, Christopher J. Dwyer, guest on a complimentary webinar at noon ET. The event, which is hosted...

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New Webinar – CPO Rising 2016: The Art and Science of Procurement

As our readers know, CPO Rising is the name of this website, but it is also the name of both our annual CPO research study and event. Well, I am happy to say that the report is ready to be published at the end of the month. We will also be hosting a webinar that will provide a...

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Coupa Inspire 2016: Taking a Value-Driven Approach to Spend Management Transformation

On the mainstage at Coupa Inspire 2016, Bhargavi Kosaraju, Director, Product Operations and Procurement at KPMG, led a panel discussion with representatives from Aon plc and Capital One Financial focused on value-driven approaches to transforming spend management—a critical project that can drive enormous efficiencies across the procurement process, but only if the transformation is conducted effectively. Speaking on...

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