Chief Research Officer
Andrew Bartolini is a globally-recognized expert in sourcing, procurement, supply management, and accounts payable. 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 (www.cporising.com) and Payables Place, the leading global source for ePayables news, research, and analysis (www.payablesplace.com).
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.
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.
Mr. Al Jacobs, a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, possesses over 27 years of experience in software product design, development, implementations, consulting and project management. Within the supply chain arena, he has 25 years of domain expertise where he continues to educate organizations on strategic ways to overcome evolving challenges and achieve “best-in-class” results.
Mr. Jacobs has been recognized multiple times as a “Pro to Know” by the Supply & Demand Chain Executive for helping to raise the profile of Supply Chain and increase the awareness of the importance of Supply Chain as a strategic function within the enterprise. He has been an integral component in helping over 250 organizations with their supply chain and procurement operations. His customer experience includes high profile organizations in the Insurance, Financial, Service, Entertainment, Retail, Manufacturing and Government markets.
Currently, Mr. Jacobs is the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Puridiom, a recognized leading provider of Procure-to-Pay and Spend Management solutions and services. In this capacity, he is responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of the company from the initial sales and marketing to helping establish the technical and functional direction of Puridiom’s solution and service offerings.