SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

November 10, 2011 10:05 ET

Aberdeen Publishes BI, Enterprise Applications, Financial Management, IT Security, and GSM Research

Topics Include Agile BI, ERP in HR, Managing GRC, Data Loss Prevention, and Spend Management

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Nov 10, 2011) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced the publication of new research reports from its Business Intelligence, Enterprise Applications, Financial Management and GRC, IT Security, and Global Supply Management research practices.

"Agile BI: Complementing Traditional BI to Address the Shrinking Decision-Window" prepared by David White, Senior Research Analyst for the Aberdeen Group Business Intelligence research practice, examines how the vast inflow of fresh data, and an increasingly demanding community of business managers, is driving some organizations to move away from traditional BI approaches to implement other solutions. This Analyst Insight leverages Aberdeen's March 2011 Agile BI survey to compare the performance of organizations based on the type of BI technologies and approaches they choose. Survey respondents were split into one of three groups. The first group uses a traditional approach to BI. The second group used a combination of traditional tools, complemented by tools that provide a much more visual and interactive user experience. The third group used visual/interactive BI tools exclusively. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report visit:

"ERP in Professional Services: Managing Costs When People are the Product" prepared by Nick Castellina, Senior Research Associate for the Aberdeen Group Enterprise Applications research practice, examines how leading professional services firms are integrating enterprise resource planning (ERP) into daily operations. Aberdeen's 2011 ERP survey of professional services firms found that only 64% are currently using ERP, but are able to more effectively cut costs, manage projects, and staff accordingly. When "people are the product" the visibility provided by ERP leads to more consistent services and satisfied customers, with leaders experiencing operating cost reductions, improved complete and on-time delivery, and reduced administrative costs. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report visit:

"Top Five Technology Trends in Managing GRC," authored by William Jan, Senior Analyst of Aberdeen's Financial Management & GRC practice, uncovers best practices that enable top-performing companies to achieve reduced risk value and compliance-related costs by implementing key technologies in support of critical business processes and stakeholder roles, specifically: Continuous Controls Monitoring (CCM), Segregation of Duties (SOD) capabilities, tracking of business transactions for audit transparency, streamlined risk and compliance reporting, and, centralized access to risk and compliance data. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report please visit:

"Financial Disclosure Management for the SMEs: Key Trends and Best Practices," written by Ankita Tyagi, Research Associate for the Aberdeen Financial Management and Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) practice, examines the future course of technology adoption among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to support disclosure management initiatives. The study explores the types of data management and reporting capabilities that the SMEs are planning to develop to achieve greater reporting accuracy and visibility into future financial position. Although SMEs currently trail behind large enterprise adoption of financial data management and reporting capabilities, data indicate intent to invest in key capabilities. To obtain a complimentary copy of the research report please visit:

In "DLP, The Ideal Referee: Let the Game Go On," Derek Brink, Vice President and Research Fellow for the Aberdeen Group IT Security research practice, compares the ideal approach to data loss prevention (DLP) to the ideal individual(s) officiating at a sporting event: making good calls and enforcing rules regarding safety and fair play, but not getting in the way of the people playing the game. In its fifth annual study on best practices in DLP, Aberdeen analyzed organizations which have adopted distinct approaches to balancing enterprise risk and reward, with the optimal approach saving an average of 43% in total annual cost per endpoint -- being like the fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears: a bed which is neither too soft (Do Nothing, Monitor / Notify), nor too hard (Stop / Go), but just right (Adapt / Protect). To access a complimentary copy of this report visit:

"Technology in Spend Management: Does Size Really Matter?," prepared by Constantine G. Limberakis, Senior Research Analyst for the Aberdeen Group Global Supply Management research practice, illustrates that 23% of organizations plan to further automate manual processes in sourcing, contract, procurement and supplier based processes. However, how organizations deploy technology may appear counterintuitive based on their size. For example, large organizations demonstrate they are 1.5 times more likely to prefer SaaS than Small or Medium sized businesses (SMB) organizations. This research brief looks at the data collected in August 2011 based on the 121 respondents from the aforementioned benchmark and examines if organizational size can provide insights into how spend management technology is being deployed across organizations. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report visit:

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