SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

July 10, 2013 10:05 ET

Aberdeen Group Publishes Business Planning and Execution Research

Research Examines BPM, Cloud-Based Financial Solutions, ERP and BI for the SMB, Third-Party ERP Selection, and Manufacturing ERP

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Jul 10, 2013) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced the publication of five new research reports by Nick Castellina, Senior Research Analyst for its Business Planning and Execution research practice.

"Business Process Management: Looking at the Plan in the Mirror" examines the role of Business Process Management (BPM) initiatives in helping businesses gain visibility into key processes and operational activities so they can improve and optimize those elements that drive the most value within the organization. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, visit:

"Financial Planning in the Cloud: Providing Agility, Collaboration, and Visibility" highlights the importance of planning, budgeting, and forecasting as essential tools to enable organizational success. Accuracy and agility in planning, budgeting and forecasting empower managers to make business investments and decisions with confidence. In the past, organizations often hesitated to place financial data in the cloud for fear of exposing sensitive data outside of the organization. But today's leading organizations are beginning to reverse course, and are more likely to deploy financial solutions in the cloud. This report examines current adoption rates and the benefits of utilizing a cloud solution for planning, budgeting, and forecasting. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, visit:

"ERP and BI in the SMB: Bringing Light to Data in the Shadows" examines how small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are adopting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions to streamline business operations, and integrating Business Intelligence (BI) solutions to decrease time-to-decision and achieve a greater percentage of predicted benefits from their ERP solution. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, visit:

"Best-in-Class Strategies for Selected Third-Party ERP Services" shows that although ERP solutions can help to transform an organization to be more efficient, productive, and competitive, an inappropriate, poorly-implemented solution with weak customer support services can hinder an organization. Research reveals that 74% of organizations with an ERP solution support it with third-party services, and that, while these third-party services cost more, the benefits gained typically offset those costs. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, visit:

"ERP in Manufacturing: Creating a Hub for Visibility, Collaboration, and Innovation" indicates that Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is the foundation of successful manufacturing organizations, and is essential for promoting standards throughout an organization, discovering potential efficiencies, and managing the front- and back-end processes of an organization. Additionally, ERP has evolved to become a hub for collaboration and continuous improvement, enabled by increased access to larger amounts of data to drive decision making. This report, based on a survey of 150 manufacturers, identifies Best-in-Class strategies for utilizing ERP to provide visibility to decision-makers and promoting collaboration across organizational boundaries. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, visit:

Other recent research reports from Nick Castellina include "Rolling Forecasts Enable Accuracy and Agile Business Planning," "All Inclusive ERP: Full Support Without Increased Investment," "Managing ERP Implementation Projects to Deliver Increased ROI," "Professional Services Automation: The Secret to Successful Projects and a Profitable Services Group," and "Minimizing the Cost of Change in Architecture, Engineering, and Consulting: Agile Project Management."

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

Enabled by its team of 40 research analysts covering 16 industry-sector categories, access to 35,000+ benchmarked enterprise decision makers, and 2.5 million research readers, Aberdeen Group -- a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS) -- is the trusted advisor to global technology markets, providing corporations with insights that drive IT decisions. Aberdeen's independent, fact-based research and market intelligence is used by the Fortune 1000, Global 500, and Software 500.

Aberdeen has offices in Boston and London. Harte-Hanks operates 25 offices in the United States, and has locations throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America.

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