SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

June 12, 2007 13:51 ET

Aberdeen's Chief Procurement Officer Summit: The Annual Meeting Place for Global Supply Management Executives

The Two-Day Executive Summit Will Tackle Global Supply Management Strategies, a View of the Future, and What It Takes for Enterprises to Turn Their Procurement Organization Into a Competitive Weapon

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2007) - The upcoming Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Summit, presented by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), will be held on November 13-14, 2007 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, in Boston, MA. Part of Aberdeen's annual series of executive summits, the CPO Summit is the preeminent best practices and networking event for global supply management executives and their peers in supply chain, finance and operations. The summit will leverage Aberdeen's leading research in this area and offer supply management best practices as presented by high-profile industry practitioners.

Now in its third year, the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Summit is the only executive-level event that will feature executive procurement, finance, and supply chain presentations led by industry-recognized experts sharing the key trends that will impact procurement in 2008 and beyond -- real world best practices across the Source-to-Settle process, and next generation sourcing, procurement, and e-payables automation. Summit presenters will share practical experiences and provide actionable recommendations and advice for attendees. The outline of the event is structured primarily on the sharing of knowledge and valuable insights into industry challenges and the initiation of a community of resources for actionable resolve.

The summit brings together senior purchasing, finance and supply chain executives around the following topics:

--  The strategic role of the CPO
--  Business process, technology and organizational innovation
--  The convergence of procurement and finance
--  Globalization and its impact on supply management
--  Supplier performance and risk management
--  Strategic Sourcing Cycle including
    --  Spend analysis
    --  E-Sourcing
    --  Contract Lifecycle Management
--  The Procure-to-Pay Cycle including
    --  E-Procurement
    --  E-Payables
    --  Supplier Enablement
    --  P-cards
--  Management of complex spend categories including
    --  Travel & entertainment,
    --  Contingent labor and professional services,
    --  Telecommunications
--  Business process outsourcing (BPO) and other consulting services
During the proceedings Aberdeen will also announce the recipients of its 2007 Achievement Awards for Global Supply Management. Five companies will receive awards in various categories of excellence. Selections were based solely upon Aberdeen's qualitative and quantitative research over the past 18 months, including survey respondents and interviews to conclude the winners.

For registration and event information, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/events/live/cpo07/default.asp

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.

As a Harte-Hanks Company, Aberdeen plays a key role of putting content in context for the global direct and targeted marketing company. Aberdeen's analytical and independent view of the "customer optimization" process of Harte-Hanks (Information - Opportunity - Insight - Engagement - Interaction) extends the client value and accentuates the strategic role Harte-Hanks brings to the market. For additional information, visit Aberdeen http://www.aberdeen.com or call (617) 723-7890, or to learn more about Harte-Hanks, call (800) 456-9748 or go to http://www.harte-hanks.com.

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