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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.

Procurement Influencer Series: Anu Gardiner of DocuSign

Anu Gardiner is a procurement and supply chain professional with more than 15 years of experience working in enterprises of all shapes and sizes, serving the technology and healthcare sectors. Currently, she runs global procurement at DocuSign, a late-stage Saas startup that has a presence in multiple countries. Previously, Anu was responsible for technology procurement...

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Technology Round-Up – July 29, 2015

Coupa Continues to Grow Customer Base, Revenues, and Workforce Earlier last month, Coupa, the San Francisco-based provider of cloud-based spend management solutions, announced a number of performance metrics for Q1 2015 that demonstrate continued growth in its customer base, revenues, and workforce. For starters, Coupa continues to grow its global customer base and subscription rate, posting the...

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Upcoming Webinar: CPO Game Changer Series: Volume 1: Early Engagement

Ardent Partners and Zycus are collaborating on a research and webinar series focused on the strategies that can help CPOs elevate their organizations to the next level of performance. This Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00 PM, Andrew Bartolini, Chief Research Officer of Ardent Partners, and Richard Waugh, Vice President of Corporate Development of Zycus, will kick off this series...

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What Diplomatic Relations with Cuba Could Mean for Chief Procurement Officers

With the recent news that the U.S. and Cuban governments are re-opening embassies in each other’s capital cities, the possibility that the U.S. and Cuba will eventually normalize economic relations with each other grows more promising. For a Millennial that has always thought of Cuba as a political, economic, and cultural relic of Communism and...

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Procurement Influencer Series: Patrick Stakenas of Selectica

[Editor's note: Ardent Partners' Procurement Influencer Series continues today with a conversation between Andrew Bartolini, Chief Research Officer of Ardent, and Patrick Stakenas, President and CEO of Selectica. Together, the two industry veterans have more than 40 years of combined experience in procurement and supply management, and we're pleased to present this Q&A from a...

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Upcoming Webinar: How Best-in-Class Finance Leaders Optimize Their AP Performance

In 2015, more AP groups are accelerating their plans to transform their operations and scale to new heights by pursuing the critical attributes that can propel an operation to the next level of performance… or “higher ground.” As more and more corporate leaders strive for operational excellence in the face of dynamic business challenges, they...

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Mobile, Virtual Contract Management: From Back Office to Out-of-Office

The staff at Ardent Partners has written extensively about innovation in the supply management technology sphere over the last five years. During this time, we’ve seen the evolution of mobile platforms, mobile applications, and cloud-based software platforms that have enabled supply management personnel from sourcing to procurement to contracts to accounts payable to transform their...

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The Evolution of AP in 2015: Making an Impact

The world of accounts payable is changing, evolving…and the average business can benefit by boosting the strategic impact of their AP functions and linking the unit to more critical enterprise endeavors. Ardent Partners’ brand new ePayables 2015: Higher Ground research study found that enterprises across the globe are not only pushing AP into new and strategic...

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Procurement Influencer Series: Rick Hughes of GEP – Part II

In the procurement and supply management world, Rick Hughes is a seasoned veteran with more than thirty years of service and accomplishments under his belt working with some of the world’s most recognizable brands. He has seen the rise of globalization, the push to outsource, and the need to innovate and collaborate inside and outside of...

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ePayables 2015: Reaching for “Higher Ground” in Accounts Payable

It is with great pleasure that Ardent Partners announces the publication of its latest state of accounts payable (AP) research report—“ePayables 2015: Higher Ground.” Like the annual reports that came before it, the 2015 ePayables report focuses on the state of the AP function as well as assessing how AP teams leverage ePayables solutions to...

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