Advanced Sourcing and Procurement Technologies - A Series Introduction

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The analyst team at Ardent Partners has been writing about procurement people, processes, technologies, and industry best practices that have helped to propel the profession forward even before the firm's creation. In the nearly 20 years since, we have seen the development of innovative, game-changing technologies, like business process automation tools, mobile devices and applications, social-collaborative tools, cloud-based technologies, and solution suites. At the time of their development, these were considered "advanced;" but today, they permeate the business landscape and would hardly be considered so. Still, they continue to improve business processes, drive value, and make lives a lot easier for sourcing and procurement practitioners. Choosing a supply management solution or solution suite today can be a difficult decision.