It’s coming together

The data from respondents (218) has been captured and analyzed [Sidebar: huge thanks to all – the final report should hit your inbox in early July. Also, see postscript below].

The interviews (30+) have been conducted [Sidebar: huge thanks to all].

The slides (40-ish) are being assembled.

Folks, the tension excitement is palpable (well, my excitement is cresting, anyway – this report has some new and pretty cool stuff).

And, later this month, Ardent Partners’ first annual “State of Procurement” report will be published.

But first things first….

By way of this article, you are invited to the global debut of this research effort via a webinar next week June 14th that is hosted by SAP. The details are below, I hope you can make it.


Join SAP on June 14th, 10am Eastern as we feature the findings of the SAP-sponsored research report CPO Rising 2011: Innovative Ideas for the Decade Ahead. Attendees will hear from Andrew Bartolini, Chief Research Officer at Ardent Partners as he exposes the findings of this groundbreaking report which focuses on procurement-led innovation within the enterprise and procurement-led innovation across the supply chain — drawing from the experience, performance, and perspective of hundreds of Chief Procurement Officers and other procurement executives.

Webinar attendees will learn what strategies Best-in-Class procurement organizations are using to identify, foster, and deliver innovation and outperform their peers. Attendees will also learn the key industry performance benchmarks for 2011 and receive a series of actionable recommendations designed to improve execution and performance. Finally, all attendees will receive an exclusive copy of the final report, which many expect will be the most comprehensive, influential, and widely-distributed supply management report in 2011.

Date and time: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 10:00 am
Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Click here to register

About the Presenters:

Andrew Bartolini, Chief Research Officer, Ardent Partners

Andrew Bartolini is a globally recognized expert in sourcing, procurement, accounts payable, and supply management – etc……

SAP Moderator: Suzanne Miglucci, Senior Vice President Procurement Solution Marketing

Suzanne is Senior Director of Procurement Solutions Marketing at SAP. In this role, Suzanne contributes to the direction and market awareness of procurement portfolio solutions to ensure customer value and business growth. Suzanne brings more than 15 years of experience in high tech marketing to SAP, having held executive marketing and business development roles at SciQuest, Arsenal Digital Solutions (IBM) and Computer Associates. Suzanne holds a Master’s degree from Colorado State University, and undergraduate degrees from Fitchburg State College.

Postscript I: The first hundred survey respondents earned an exclusive invitation to a private “screening” of this research effort. More details will be forthcoming from me to you in early July (along with a copy of the report).

UPDATE (07/08/11): For those who missed it, a recording of the webinar is now available at this link (registration required)

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