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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.

Payables News Weekly: Tradeshift Makes $30 Million Acquisition; Basware Appoints UK Managing Director

One of the more important jobs of the accounts payable professional is keeping up with what is happening in the industry at large. This is critical for a few reasons, including skills development and the hunt for new technologies, but is sometimes difficult to do. That is why, each week, the team at Payables Place...

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The Future of Work is Here (Part II)

There’s much to be said about the role of “talent” in today’s businesses. Many organizations sometimes forget that, in an era where differentiators can translate into pure gains, talent and special skillsets are true competitive advantages. Having top-tier talent as part of a critical project or endeavor, regardless if that talent is a full-time employee...

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Three More Things You May Not Have Known About Millennials

A couple of months ago, we published an article, The Next Generation of Procurement: The Millennials Have Shown Up to Work, in which we discussed a joint venture between the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and ThomasNet that highlighted 30 supply management leaders under the age of 30 who have been making waves within the industry (“30-under-30”). We...

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How Trends in Procurement Affect Accounts Payable

Editor’s Note: Ardent Partners is proud to announce the publication of a new report on the trends and value drivers for AP and procurement, sponsored by Corcentric, and available here (registration required). Today’s article will share some thoughts on a theme similar to that report. Change is one of the few constants in the modern business...

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Three Things You May Not Have Known About Millennials

A couple of months ago, we published an article, The Next Generation of Procurement: The Millennials Have Shown Up to Work, in which we discussed a joint venture between the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and ThomasNet that highlighted 30 supply management leaders under the age of 30 who have been making waves within the industry (“30-under-30”). We...

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It’s Never Too Late to Master the Art of SOW Management (Upcoming Webinar)

When most companies evaluate their contingent workforce management (CWM) programs, they will identify areas of both weakness and strength. As the non-employee workforce has grown and evolved in recent years, there is one glaring weakness that too many organizations routinely struggle with: management of statement-of-work (SOW)-based projects and services. Many of today’s contingent workers (and...

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Research Preview: Five Transformative Strategies to Unlock More Procurement Value – Part II

Today’s article is the second of two articles from a report that we recently published, entitled, Five Transformative Strategies to Unlock More Procurement Value, sponsored by BravoSolution and available for free download by clicking here. The current generation of procurement professionals has witnessed first-hand a period of unrivaled advances for their profession as market forces and new technologies combined to pull procurement...

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Technology Round-Up – August 13, 2015

Selectica Finalizes Acquisition of b-pack On August 3, Selectica (NASDAQ: SLTC), the California-based provider of contract lifecycle management solutions, announced that it has completed its acquisition of procure-to-pay solution provider, b-pack, for $12.33 million in cash and stock. Announced in late March and covered by Ardent Partners here, the deal was finalized at the end of July following completion of...

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The Future of Work Is Here (Part I)

Editor’s note: Today’s article is considered the official launch of Ardent analyst Christopher J. Dwyer’s 2015-2016 State of Contingent Workforce Management research study. Now in its third year, Ardent Partners’ annual State of Contingent Workforce Management has become the official “guidebook” for organizations seeking guidance on how to enhance their management of non-employee workers. This...

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ePayables 2015: The Three Most Common Accounts Payable Technologies

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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