A Conversation with Matt York, Senior Research Analyst at Ardent Partners

Ardent Partner’s Matt York Joins Spend Insights

A Conversation with Matt York, Senior Research Analyst at Ardent Partners

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Episode 010: A Conversation with Matt York, Senior Research Analyst at Ardent Partners

Constantine Limberakis, Director of Product Marketing at SpendHQ, recently spoke with Matt York, Senior Research Analyst at Ardent Partners and editor of CPO Rising. As a leading analyst in supply management, Matt covers advanced analytics and other upstream procurement technologies such as spend analysis, contract management and supplier management and how they are changing the procurement landscape of tomorrow. Matt joins us for a conversation around the emergence of artificial intelligence and its impact on the advancement of procurement and spend analytics.

“How you handle the question of build versus buy for AI is based on a variety of different factors. What is your bench strength – do you have the resources on hand to be able to get into a program that has algorithms behind it to tweak it and adjust it to your needs? We at Ardent have been saying for a better part of a decade that CPOs need to hire a data scientist to handle these technologies. If you don’t have bench strength, we recommend working with the solution providers that have already started to integrate these innovations [AI & ML] within their products that create more of a self-service capability where you don’t need to be a data scientists to start deriving value.”

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Recognized for innovation and industry impact in the procurement space, SpendHQ was named to the 2015 Red Herring Global 100 list and named the Best Big Data Reporting & Analytics Solution and Data Visualization Technology solution in the 2018 SIIA CODiE Awards. With SpendHQ at their fingertips, clients ranging from Fortune 500s to mid-market companies are finally able to see their enterprise spend clearly and drive savings confidently.

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    Tom Nash Chief Procurement Officer and Head of Supply Chain at American Red Cross
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