Recorded Webinar

Accounts Payable Trends and Converging Technologies for 2017

Original air date: June 22, 2017

Speakers: Andrew Bartolini, Chief Research Officer, Ardent Partners and Ernie Humphrey, Director, Content & Thought Leadership Programs, The CFO Alliance


With new technologies and more progressive strategies needed to thrive in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, the modern accounts payable (AP) department is now positioned to make a greater impact on the enterprise than ever before. Seizing the opportunity, however, means transforming from its traditional payable capabilities into strategic areas such as supplier and data management. The latest webinar from Ardent Partners and Certify presents a comprehensive, industry-wide view into accounts payable trends, approaches and technologies based on the insights of nearly 200 AP and finance executives. Join us to see the performance benchmarks, analysis and recommendations procurement leaders can use to better understand the current state of accounts payable, as well as the best practices that will ultimately improve AP operations and performance.

Learning objectives include:

  • The state of AP today and its evolution as an enterprise-wide convergence point
  • Understanding the role of innovation in the transformation to next generation AP
  • What makes for best-in-class AP performance and operational benchmarks
  • Strategies for success and continuous improvement in accounts payable

Slides from the webinar

Webinar Recording

About the Presenter

Andrew Bartolini
Andrew Bartolini

Chief Research Officer, Ardent Partners

Andrew Bartolini is a globally-recognized expert in accounts payable, sourcing, procurement, and supply management. Andrew focuses his research and efforts on helping enterprises develop and execute strategies to achieve operational excellence within their finance and procurement departments. Andrew is also the publisher of CPO Rising, the news and research site for Chief Procurement Officers and other procurement leaders (

Advisor to corporate executives and leading solution providers alike, Andrew is a sought-after presenter, having lectured and presented more than 200 times in seven different countries. Over the past decade, Andrew has benchmarked thousands of enterprises across all facets of their accounts payable, sourcing, procurement, and supply management operations and his research is currently part of the Supply Chain/Management curriculum at several US universities. He actively covers the technology marketplace as well as trends in sourcing, procurement, supply management, and accounts payable and has been published or quoted in leading business publications including The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, and Fortune, as well as the major trade publications focused on accounts payable and supply management.

Prior to becoming an industry analyst, Andrew developed, packaged, deployed, and used supply management solutions on behalf of enterprises in the Global 2000 while working for Ariba and Commerce One. Additionally, his experience in strategic sourcing (where he managed sourcing projects totaling more than $500 million in aggregate client spend), business process transformation, and software implementation provides a “real-world” context for his research and writing.

Andrew has been named a “Pro to Know” by Supply and Demand Chain Executive three times and holds a B.A. in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.B.A in Finance from Indiana University. He welcomes your comments at or 617.752.1620.

Ernie Humphrey
Ernie Humphrey

Director, Content & Thought Leadership Programs, The CFO Alliance

Ernie currently serves as the Director of Content & Thought Leadership Programs at The CFO Alliance where he’s responsible for designing and executing marketing, educational, and communications programs. Previously Ernie served as the Educational Programs Leader for Proformative. Ernie has overseen the content and execution of over 200 events designed to further the careers of finance and accounting leaders and related professionals. Formerly, Ernie served as the Director of Treasury Services and as a Director of the Corporate Treasurers Council for the Association for Financial Professionals. Ernie has extensive experience in the areas of educational program development and execution, online marketing, website content management, international cash management, and acquisition integration. Ernie has a BS and MS in Economics both from Purdue University.