SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

August 10, 2011 10:15 ET

Aberdeen Publishes GSM, Product Innovation, Info Lifecycle, Financial Management and GRC Research

Topics Include CPO Role, Design and Manufacturing Best Practices, the Business Data Explosion, and Effective Disclosure Management

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Aug 10, 2011) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced the publication of new research reports from its Global Supply Management, Product Innovation and Engineering, Information Lifecycle, and Financial Management and GRC research practices.

"Dynamic Procurement: The CPO as Collaborator, Innovator and Strategist" is the latest research on procurement leadership prepared by Constantine Limberakis, Senior Research Analyst, Global Supply Management research practice. This report provides insights into the strategies and actions procurement leaders are taking to influence their organizations. In this regard, the CPO today is considered more strategic than ever before, with 36% of survey respondents considering the role as very strategic to the organization. Yet procurement leaders continue to face barriers that prevent strategic actions including lack of staff with appropriate skills and inadequate investment in technology. Highlighted in the case study of a global medical technology company, one the key aspects to procurement success is the CPO's involvement in cross-functional coordination with Finance, Supply Chain and HR. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report made available in part by Ariba and Iasta, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410182&cid=7185&camp=2

"System Design: Get it Right the First Time," a research study authored by Michelle Boucher, Research Analyst for Aberdeen's Product Innovation and Engineering research practice, investigates best practices for system design and developing "mechatronic" products. The report reveals how manufacturers address the top challenges that arise when developing products consisting of mechanical, electrical, and software components. These challenges include the need to overcome the lack of cross-functional knowledge, increasing product complexity, and the inability to identify system level problems early in the development cycle. The study finds that those who are most successful at addressing these challenges launch 85% of their products on time, reduce development time by 21%, and meet 90% of their product revenue goals. The report provides guidance to achieve similar results. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410182&cid=7121&camp=2

"Big Data, Big Moves," a research study by Nathaniel Rowe, Research Associate, for the Aberdeen Group's Information Lifecycle Management practice, explores the key problems associated with the explosion of business data: volume, velocity and variety. By examining organizations currently handling large amounts of active data, Aberdeen's research shows what business capabilities and technologies are currently leveraged, and where these organizations are planning to invest in the near future. By supplementing these tools with organizational policies and data management discipline, these big data companies are able to provide better levels of data access and intelligence than smaller companies, despite having thousands of times the amount of data. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410182&cid=7125&camp=2

"Effective Disclosure Management: Enabling Compliance and Improving Organizational Communication," authored by Ankita Tyagi, Research Associate, and William Jan, Senior Research Analyst, in Aberdeen's Financial Management and GRC practice, explores ways in which disclosure management initiatives help businesses address issues pertaining to financial visibility, compliance, and audit control, both internally and externally. Disclosure management in the context of finance is a strategic combination of technologies and practices that enable management and dissipation of key financial and accounting information to all stakeholders, to facilitate informed decision-making. The report discusses the importance of documenting and relaying financial data to stakeholders on an ongoing basis and how doing so imparts transparency, which in turn enables companies to retain existing customers and attract new ones. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410182&cid=7155&camp=2

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