SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

October 03, 2007 12:22 ET

Extreme Makeover: Accounts Payable Edition

Clear Direction Identified for Accounts Payable Transformation

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 3, 2007) - Accounts Payable (A/P) departments stuck in a manually-intensive world must move immediately to automate their function if they are to avoid a potential gathering storm of environmental activists hostile to their overwhelmingly high usage of paper. A new report released by Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks company (NYSE: HHS) "E-Payables Solution Selection: Your 2007-2008 Guide to A/P Transformation," details the many reasons why organizations should move to an automated A/P solution, and provides a clear and easy-to-follow framework to effectively select the solution that is best aligned to an enterprise's unique needs.

"Enterprises that fail to take action in the next 12 months will continue to lose ground to those competitors who are driving A/P efficiencies to their bottom-line," notes Andrew Bartolini, Research Director at Aberdeen. "Aberdeen has researched this marketplace for years; this report with its clear plan of action for those departments struggling to improve was a natural next step. I view this Solution Selection Report as Aberdeen's version of an 'Accounts Payable Transformation for Dummies.'"

The report leverages the insights of over 500 accounts payable and finance executives and detailed demonstrations and assessments of more than 20 e-payables solution providers. The report should be used as a guidebook for effective assessment of accounts payable strategies and solution providers. It includes a framework to help enterprises assess their competence, scope their solution requirements, and select the best-fit solution. The report also details key evaluation criteria and an action plan to build a case for investment in the accounts payable function.

A complimentary copy of this report is made available due to the following underwriters: 170Systems, Concur, DataCap, Metafile, and PurchasingNet.

To download a complimentary copy of Marketing Materials and Services Spend report, please visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?cid=4155

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

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.

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