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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.

AribaLIVE Case Study: Efficiency, Visibility, and Compliance … Oh My: Automate AP for Organizational Growth

The accounts payable (AP) function has changed significantly in the past 15 years; more opportunity exists now, in fact, to effect change than ever before, which has allowed many AP teams to become more automated and responsive to the needs of the enterprise. This evolution is critically important if AP is to become a strategic...

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CPO Rising 2015: The Agility Agenda (Report) is Now Available

I am very pleased to announce that my annual CPO Rising report is now available for download by clicking here (registration required). I began publishing an annual CPO-focused report in 2006 (when I was with another firm); the last six years have been at Ardent Partners using the “CPO Rising” title. The report reflects back on...

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Ariba LIVE 2015: AIG’s Technology Journey

Last week our team attended Ariba LIVE, which is arguably, along with the ISM conference in May, one of the two largest and most significant events in our industry. Over the next two weeks, we will provide a flavor of the event via a series of articles focused on company news, keynote presentations, and case studies....

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Webinar Preview: Trendspotting: AP’s Top Trends for 2015

Today’s article is a brief preview of Ardent’s upcoming “Trendspotting: AP’s Top Trends for 2015” webinarthis coming Thursday at 2pm Eastern. The event, sponsored by Concur, will highlight the top trends in the world of accounts payable and what they really mean for both procurement and finance leaders across the globe. Join Ardent analysts Andrew...

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Breaking News: Basware to Acquire Procserve for EUR 25.9 Million

On Wednesday, April 8, Basware, the Finland-based provider of procure-to-pay (P2P) and e-invoicing solutions, announced that it has signed an agreement with Procserve to acquire the UK-based public sector e-procurement solutions provider for EUR 25.9 million. According to Esa Tihilä, CEO of Basware, the acquisition follows the rise of e-invoicing and e-procurement among public sector organizations in Northern...

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Concur Fusion and Business Network Evolution

Today’s ever-changing and dynamic business world necessitates the alignment between an enterprise, its suppliers, and the myriad processes and capabilities that are required to effectively manage corporate spend. The overarching need to maintain visibility, that of the “360-degree kind,” is transforming the way the typical business views the inter-connectivity of its network of suppliers, partners,...

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Technology Round-Up – April 2, 2015

Concur to Release Re-Engineered Travel Risk Application by Mid Year According to Business Travel News, Concur, the Washington state-based subsidiary of SAP, has re-engineered its legacy travel and risk management application, conTgo, and will release it sometime in the middle of 2015. The new release, called the Concur Risk Messaging mobile application, will allow enterprises to track...

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Trendspotting: AP’s Top Trends for 2015 (Webinar)

Trendspotting…… Join Ardent’s lead analysts as they highlight the key trends impacting AP in 201 and beyond on April 16th at 2PM ET – Click here for details and to register. Fashionable finance and procurement minds welcome. The average company is often forced to look within to drive additional value to their overall operations. Functions that...

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Procurement Influencer Series: Roy Anderson from MetaProcure

Some of the best analysis of the state of procurement and its future comes from leaders who have experienced it from the inside as a Chief Procurement Officer or procurement leader and from the outside as an advisor to CPOs and procurement leaders, guiding them towards the future of the business. Roy Anderson is one such...

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On-Demand Talent and the Rise of Work Market and the FMS Platform

By now, the industry knows the impact of the contingent workforce. A quick recap: Nearly a third (32%) of today’s total workforce is comprised of non-traditional and non-employee labor and talent. By the end of 2017, anywhere from 45%-to-50% of the world’s total workforce will be comprised of workers from this segment. 92% of enterprises cite...

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