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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 the Sourcing and Procurement: 2016-2017 Tech and Innovation Outlook Report!

Hot off the presses! Get your hands on Ardent Partners’ latest and greatest technology-focused research,Sourcing and Procurement: The 2016-2017 Technology and Innovation Outlook Report! Click here to download (registration required). The business world is forcing its executives, like the Chief Procurement Officer (“CPO”), to adapt to changing market conditions, customer demands, and technology innovations in order to drive...

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Procurement Influencer Series: Rob Bernshteyn of Coupa Part II

Publisher’s note: It should be noted that earlier this week, Coupa conducted a highly successful IPO . This is big industry news. We will look at the implications for the company and the supply management technology market in a future article. Last month, I sat down with Rob Bernshteyn, President and CEO of Coupa, the California-based provider of spend...

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Dispatch from IBM Empower 2016

rdent’s analysts attend dozens of conferences each year. Typically our coverage of an event lags the event by days (and sometimes, unavoidably, by weeks), but our research objective/goal is not to be first to market, but rather to deliver reflective, value-added analysis of an event that is relevant to our readers. Today, however, I’ll try...

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How Source-to-Settle Solutions Manage (and Leverage) Big Data – Supply Risk Management

In the digital age, organizations as a whole and procurement departments in particular swim in data. It is everywhere, spread across an alphabet soup of internal and external systems – some connected, some not; some refined, some not; some structured, some not. It wasn’t always this way. Twenty-five years ago, the procurement function was manual,...

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The Trends (and Benefits) of Cloud-Based Technology Adoption: CPOs Take Notice

As we discussed in our latest report, Cloud-based solutions are revolutionizing the way that enterprises conduct business. These web-based versions of common business tools, like analytics or document management tools, retain most or all of the functionality of their desktop versions and provide significant access, customization, and utility to end users. More organizations are ditching on-premises...

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Next-Gen Contingent Workforce Management Analytics – Part I

The most interesting aspect regarding the current state of the typical contingent workforce is how the “contingent workforce umbrella” has transformed a once-underutilized strategy into a dominant corporate force. It wasn’t until the economic downturn of the late 00s that contingent labor captured the attention of business executives. Forced to “do more with less,” corporations...

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The Trends (and Benefits) of Solution Suite Adoption: CPOs Take Notice

Ardent Partners has been tracking the supply management solution provider market, as well as the strategies, processes, and behaviors of Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs), their teams, and end users for many years. One of the trends that has emerged in the collection of survey responses is the rise in adoption of integrated strategic sourcing and procure-to-pay...

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Technology Round-Up – September 27, 2016

Zycus Partners with Global Risk Management Solutions On September 09, Zycus, the New Jersey-based provider of source-to-pay procurement solutions,announced that it has partnered with Global Risk Management Solutions (GRMS), a supplier risk analysis solution provider. Terms of the partnership were not revealed, and it is not clear how Zycus and GRMS will go to market with their partnership....

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Is Blockchain a “Future of Work” Gamechanger?

Innovation within the business world is now an accepted attribute. It does not surprise many professionals within the realm of procurement, human resources, finance, or other key functions when new technologies, platforms, and solutions arise to automate and/or enhance core business processes. And, in an age when the bridge between the consumer and business worlds...

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Procurement Influencer Series: Rob Bernshteyn of Coupa Part I

Publisher’s Note: The Ardent Partners family has grown by one with birth Jackson Robert York born yesterday to CPO Rising’s tireless editor, Matt York, and his wife Renee. All three are well (and sleeping we hope). Please joining us in welcoming Jackson and congratulating his parents! Last month, I sat down with Rob Bernshteyn, President and CEO of Coupa,...

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