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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.

Announcing CPO Rising 2016 – the Procurement Event of the Year!

To register or learn more about the event, click here!

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Technology Round-Up – January 28, 2016

DocuSign Announces Winter ’16 Release for DTM Platform Recently, DocuSign, the San Francisco-based provider of cloud-based digital transaction management (DTM) and electronic signature (eSignature) solutions, announced its Winter ’16 Release that brings compliance and user-interface enhancements to the life sciences industries. DocuSign upgraded its DTM and eSignature capabilities to make them compliant with the U.S. Food and...

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CPO Insider: Procurement Outsourcing (Episode 10) – Fast & Furious

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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BravoSolution: Setting Its Sights on 2016 with Source-to-Settle Innovation

Recently, the analyst team at Ardent Partners sat down with BravoSolution’s President and CEO, Jim Wetekamp, Vice President of Global Marketing, Andrea Brody, and Chief Strategy Officer, Florian Winterstein, for an overview of the company’s recent performance and a detailed discussion of the latest release of BravoAdvantage, the company’s solution suite. Readers may recall that in June, BravoSolution first...

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Accounts Payable Predictions for 2016: Greater Collaboration, More Automation

The accounts payable (“AP”) department has experienced a number of changes over the past 15 years. At first little more than a back-office function that processed invoices and supplier payments, AP has garnered new attention from executives looking to drive value from all corners of the enterprise. Enterprises have also begun to recognize the emerging...

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Procurement’s Expansion into Contingent Workforce Management (CWM)

For some procurement groups, convergence has come in the form of new, complex categories to manage like travel, contingent workforce, business process outsourcing (BPO), and meetings and events, while others have taken over wholesale business functions such as accounts payable and facilities management. Whether by design or necessity, the responsibilities of the procurement department in...

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CPO News – January 22, 2016

Sprint Hires Verizon Regional President as New Chief Procurement Officer Late last year, the Kansas City Star reported that telecommunications provider, Sprint, has announced plans to hire Mariano Legaz as its newest Chief Procurement Officer (CPO). As of September, Legaz was employed with rival Verizon as its regional president, and according to the Kansas City Star, Legaz must wait...

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The Year Ahead for Contingent Workforce Management

2015 was quite the exciting year for the non-employee workforce arena. The business world experienced: A new influx of talent that contributed to a sharp increase in utilization of independent talent over 2014. A larger acceptance within the enterprise community that external workers held critical, top-tier skillsets that were/are necessary for crucial business projects and...

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Technology Round-Up – January 21, 2016

Join us on March 29 & 30, 2016 at the Harvard Club of Boston for CPO Rising 2016: The Event. This executive summit will bring together business executives and supply management leaders for a day and a half of keynote presentations and panel discussions on the issues that they face today. CPOs and procurement practitioners will...

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CPO Insider: Procurement Outsourcing (Episode 9) – The Tip of the Iceberg

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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