SOURCE: Aravo Solutions

June 11, 2007 11:41 ET

Aravo Solutions Sponsors Aberdeen Group Report on Supplier Enablement

Research Details Essential Ingredients Required to Implement a Successful Suppler Enablement Program

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 11, 2007) - Aravo Solutions, a provider of on-demand Supplier Information Management (SIM) software and services to automate and manage the entire supplier information lifecycle, today announced it is sponsoring a May 2007 Aberdeen Group report entitled, "Supplier Enablement: Connecting with Suppliers to Build Lasting Relationships." The benchmark report details practices employed by top performing enterprises, top factors driving supplier enablement, and the essential ingredients required to implement a successful supplier enablement program.

According to the report, supplier enablement is one of the top three challenges for procurement professionals looking to transform their procurement organizations, gain better visibility into their supplier enablement processes and supplier relationships, and increase spend under management. While enterprises are focused on the financial impact of enabling suppliers and how to increase the volume of automated/electronic transactions, it is clear that a critical component is the broader utilization of supplier information. Nearly half of the surveyed organizations indicated that their top strategy for supplier enablement is to utilize a supplier information management system.

"Aravo is pleased to sponsor the Aberdeen Supplier Enablement report as it addresses the core business problems we have been focused on solving for nearly a decade," said Tim Albinson, CEO of Aravo Solutions. "As a pioneer in the SIM market, we have always maintained that it's not just the initial enablement that matters, but rather the ability to enable information once and push it to multiple systems, organizations and geographies. Only through employing such a centralized, leveraged model are enterprises able meet their aggressive bottom-line savings goals."

"Connecting suppliers to an enterprise's supply chain, known as 'enabling,' can help to ensure that companies meet customer demand by procuring categories at the right speed...for the right cost. Aravo is notable for its laser-focus in this area," notes Andrew Bartolini, Direct of Global Supply Management Research at Aberdeen Group. "Best in Class enterprises demonstrate that supplier enablement can positively impact the business when the right technologies and practices are employed."

To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410282&cid=3985.

About Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen is a leading provider of fact-based research and market intelligence that delivers demonstrable results. Having benchmarked more than 30,000 companies in the past two years, Aberdeen is uniquely 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 http://www.aberdeen.com or call (617) 723-7890, or to learn more about Harte-Hanks, call (800) 456-9748 or go to http://www.harte-hanks.com.

About Aravo Solutions

Aravo helps companies quickly and accurately onramp and manage supplier master data, enabling them to create error-free transactions, provide actionable decision support and turn supplier information into a valuable asset that can be leveraged throughout the organization. Aravo SIM is a service-enablement platform providing enterprises with a proven framework for enabling and managing supplier information within leading ERP and eProcurement applications such as Oracle, SAP and Ariba. Headquartered in San Francisco, California. For information, visit Aravo's Web site at www.aravo.com.

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