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Aberdeen Publishes Communications, ERP, Financial Management, and Global Supply Management Research

Research Examines SoMoClo(TM) as Innovation Culture Driver, ERP for SMBs, Invoice Management, Contingent Workforce Management (May 09, 2012)

BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/09/12 -- Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced the publication of new research reports from its Enterprise Communications, Enterprise Applications, Financial Management & GRC, research practices.

"SoMoClo™ Business Transformation: from Challenge to Opportunity," authored by Andrew Borg, Research Director for the Aberdeen Enterprise Communications research practice and Mobility Center of Excellence, finds organizations with a formal social, mobile, and cloud initiative (SoMoClo) also value and foster a culture of innovation. They are 32%, 21%, and 46% more likely than all other survey respondents to have hiring criteria that identifies innovators, project management processes that incorporate ideation (a process for creating new ideas), and agile or lean process methodologies in place. The report finds that the innovation culture associated with SoMoClo can present challenges to IT; but when deployed with vision, discipline, and agility, can result in operational efficiencies that contribute to the health and vitality of the entire organization, from cloud core to mobile edge. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report visit:

"To ERP or Not to ERP for SMBs: What Can ERP Do For Me?," prepared by Nick Castellina, Research Analyst of Aberdeen's Enterprise Resource Planning, highlights the pressures faced by SMBs (Small-to-Medium-Sized Businesses) that have not yet implemented Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), identifies the performance gap between SMBs with and without ERP, and shows how ERP deployment can help bridge that performance gap. ERP began as Material Requirements Planning (MRP), and as a result is most widespread in the manufacturing industries, it is now used in organizations of all types and sizes to manage business processes, reduce costs, and provide visibility to managers. As Castellina explains, "still, ERP's reputation as a mature business application includes a stigma that it may only be useful for organizations of a certain size. To the contrary, Aberdeen's 2011 ERP survey found that 75% of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs) surveyed currently use ERP." The results from this study will help SMBs answer the question, "What can ERP do for me?" To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, visit:

"Cloud Financial Management: Cost-Effective Implementation of Budgeting and Forecasting Measures," prepared by Nick Castellina, Research Analyst, Enterprise Applications, and William Jan, Senior Research Analyst of the Aberdeen Group Financial Management & GRC research practice, reveals that 19% of small-to-mid-sized businesses are using cloud financial management systems, with another 20% of companies, both large and small, planning to implement these systems within the next 24 months. Furthermore, Aberdeen's March 2012 study, "Financial Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting: Leveraging Risk-Embedded Strategies to Enable Accuracy," found that top-performing companies are over 2.5 times more likely than all others to be leveraging cloud financial platforms. Despite the majority of companies, large and small, currently deploying on-premise solutions to plan, budget, and forecast, a growing number of successful companies are finding ways to align their financial management processes with the cost effectiveness of cloud. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, visit:

"AP Invoice Management in a Networked Economy," prepared by Scott Pezza, Research Analyst, and William Jan, Senior Research Analyst, of the Financial Management & GRC practice at Aberdeen Group, reveals that top-performing companies are leveraging a strategic mix of invoice receipt and workflow (IR&W) automation and an integrated invoice management approach to lower processing costs, and maximize supplier discount captures. Additionally, these high-performing companies are able to process invoices nearly three times faster than their lower-performing counterparts. Companies continue to strive for ways to reduce operational cost in this competitive market, and are finding ways to do so through accounts payable (AP) technology automation and process improvements. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, made possible in part by Anybill, iPayables, Kofax, Direct Insite, and Syncada from Visa, visit: .

"Contingent Workforce Management: The Next-Generation Guidebook to Managing the Modern Contingent Workforce Umbrella," authored by Christopher J. Dwyer, Senior Research Analyst for the Aberdeen Global Supply Management research practice, finds that nearly 26% of the average organization's workforce is considered contingent in some sense, forcing companies across the globe to re-evaluate their current processes for managing temporary labor, independent contractors, staff augmentation, and SOW-based projects and services. The new research study details the specific attributes of the Best-in-Class contingent workforce management program, including a reliance on analytics and reporting, willingness to adopt next-generation strategies, and the utilization of outsourced services to enhance key processes and drive ultimate value. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report visit: .

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

Aberdeen provides fact-based research and market intelligence that delivers demonstrable results. Having queried more than 30,000 companies in the past two years, Aberdeen is positioned to educate users to action: driving market awareness, creating demand, enabling sales, and delivering meaningful return-on-investment analysis. As the trusted advisor to the global technology markets, corporations turn to Aberdeen for insights that drive decisions.

As a Harte-Hanks Company, Aberdeen plays a key role of putting content in context for the global direct and targeted marketing company. Aberdeen's analytical and independent view of the "customer optimization" process of Harte-Hanks (Information - Opportunity - Insight - Engagement - Interaction) extends the client value and accentuates the strategic role Harte-Hanks brings to the market. For additional information, visit Aberdeen or call (617) 854-5200, or to learn more about Harte-Hanks, call (800) 456-9748.

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