SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

January 08, 2008 10:00 ET

Best-in-Class Companies Improve Time-to-Decision, Customer Satisfaction, and Employee Productivity With Operational BI

42% of All Companies Surveyed Site "Improving Operational Efficiencies" as the Top Business Pressure Driving Operational BI Initiatives

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 8, 2008) - Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), revealed today that Best-in-Class (BIC) companies -- those performing in the top 20% of all survey respondents -- have achieved several business benefits through operational BI initiatives, including management's view to operational information, time-to-decision, customer satisfaction, and employee productivity. Sixty-three percent (63%) of Best-in-Class companies surveyed have decreased the time between actual business activity and decision-makers' ability to take action during the past 12 months -- compared to 23% of Industry Average companies, and only 6% of Laggards.

According to research presented in a new report, "Operational BI: Getting Real Time about Performance," Best-in-Class companies have increased their customer retention rates at over four times the levels of Industry Average companies. Best-in-Class organizations showed significant performance improvements in comparison to Industry Average and Laggard companies in several areas over the previous twelve months. Best-in-Class companies achieved:

--  7% mean average decrease in time-to-information -- measured as the
    time between business activity and delivery of information to decision-
    makers, over the past 12 months
--  5% mean average decrease in time-to-decision -- measured as the time
    between business activity and decision / action taken, over the past 12
    months
--  20% mean average improvement in customer satisfaction, issue
    resolution speed, and issue resolution accuracy in past 12 months
--  12% mean average improvement in customer retention during past 12
    months
--  13% mean average improvement in system up-time / data access and
    availability for end-users over the past 12 months
    

"Companies considering operational BI projects should be thinking strategically about the high-volume, time-intensive transactions and activities where operational efficiency improvements can be made. Best-in-Class companies have established several important strategies and capabilities that are critical to success, including the ability to automate processes and report creation, creation of a corporate culture around BI initiatives, and the support and training of business and IT end-users alike," said David Hatch, Research Director of Aberdeen's Business Intelligence Practice.

A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part by the following underwriters: Fair Isaac, Inetsoft, Oco, Cognos, Blink Logic, and Nielsen. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?cid=4522.

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