• Category Sourcing Scorecard – Buying Factors (I)

    June 26, 2012

    Category Sourcing Scorecard – Buying Factors (I)

    There are many different factors that can influence (1) the ease in which a category may be sourced (2) the likelihood of favorable results and (3) the timing and organizational... Read more

  • M & A(riba) – SAP’s Big Bet

    June 21, 2012

    M & A(riba) – SAP’s Big Bet

    Building on our “instant analysis” of SAP’s multi-billion dollar bid for Ariba, we’ve now come back with a comprehensive report that covers the deal in greater detail. For those of... Read more

  • Introducing Payables Place

    June 18, 2012

    Introducing Payables Place

    For the past six years, the analysts (Andrew Bartolini & Vishal Patel) at Ardent Partners have been closely covering the ePayables (or AP Automation) market. During that time, we’ve published... Read more

  • Category Sourcing Scorecard – Supplier Factors

    June 15, 2012

    Category Sourcing Scorecard – Supplier Factors

    We’re using the ocean waves and surfing images during the creation of our virtual Category Sourcing Scorecard because the purpose of this tool is to help sourcing teams vet and... Read more

  • Category Sourcing Scorecard – Market Factors

    June 13, 2012

    Category Sourcing Scorecard – Market Factors

    Continuing our discussion/development of a Category Sourcing Scorecard, today we will focus on Market Factors. Last time, we evaluated Internal Factors which look at the organization, the sourcing team, and... Read more

  • Becoming a Chief Procurement Officer – Webinar

    June 8, 2012

    Becoming a Chief Procurement Officer – Webinar

    Publisher’s Note: This report is now available in the Ardent Partners library at a substantial discount. Click here to learn more. Who wants to be a CPO? Given the responsibilities, exposure,... Read more

  • CPO News – June 6, 2012

    June 6, 2012

    CPO News – June 6, 2012

    On Monday this Chief Procurement Officer news hit the AP wire. DuPont Names Shelley Stewart as Vice President of Sourcing & Logistics and Chief Procurement Officer (AP) June 4 –... Read more

  • Category Sourcing Scorecard – Internal Factors

    June 5, 2012

    Category Sourcing Scorecard – Internal Factors

    While working on the recent articles that have focused on the importance of developing and maintaining an active Sourcing Pipeline and how to identify the best sourcing opportunities, I started... Read more

  • Sourcing Waves

    June 1, 2012

    Sourcing Waves

    Exerting influence on spend or, better yet, exerting proactive influence on spend is one of the major goals (compliance is another) in placing spend under management. When it comes to... Read more

  • Compliance is Good

    May 29, 2012

    Compliance is Good

    On the heels of a long week and a long weekend, I’ll keep this final article on compliance short and to the point (click to read the two preceding articles,... Read more