SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

June 17, 2009 12:09 ET

Chief Procurement Officers Plan Annual Pilgrimage to Aberdeen's 5th Annual CPO Summit This November 17th & 18th

Aberdeen Group's 5th Annual CPO Summit Will Focus on the Smart Strategies That Leading CPOs Are Utilizing to Drive Value in These Tough Times

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2009) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today unveiled the agenda and overall theme for its fifth annual CPO Summit to be held this November 17 and 18 in Boston, MA. The Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Summit has become the definitive conference for global procurement executives to learn, network, and discuss the strategies needed to extend the broad transformation of their organizations. This year's theme, "Smart Strategies for Tough Times," will focus on the strategies leading CPOs are employing to support corporate objectives and drive value in a difficult business environment.

"In the face of steep challenges and pervasive uncertainty, it can be extremely difficult to maintain a focus on the mid-to-long term needs of an organization," notes Andrew Bartolini, Vice President and Group Director of Global Supply Management research at Aberdeen. "But, in this business cycle, many of an enterprise's best opportunities and top priorities will play to the strengths and expertise of its procurement department. At this year's summit, we will hear from Chief Procurement Officers who are utilizing smart strategies to address the short-term needs of their enterprise while pressing forward on their longer-term initiatives as they position themselves and their organizations to play an increasingly strategic role when the recovery inevitably begins."

This year's CPO Summit will leverage Aberdeen's leading global supply management research and offer compelling best practice presentations from prominent procurement leaders. In fact, many of the topics will be based upon the recently published benchmark report, "The Chief Procurement Officer's (CPO's) Agenda: Smart Strategies for Tough Times," an Aberdeen study. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/summary/report/benchmark/5717-RA-procurement-officer-agenda.asp.

Additional CPO Summit agenda topics include:

--  People, Process, Technology: The CPO's Strategic Agenda
--  Full Steam Ahead: Managing Supply Risk in an Uncertain Market
--  Developing Deep Supply Market Expertise
--  Procurement for Profit: How to Run Your Department Like a Business
--  Organizational Design & Strategic Category Management
--  Sustainable Procurement
--  Spend Analysis & Strategic Sourcing
--  Procurement Outsourcing
--  P-card Best Practices
--  Contract Labor & Professional Services
--  Travel & Strategic Meetings
--  E-Payables: The Second P in P2P
--  Working Capital Optimization - The intersection of Supply Chain,
    Treasury, and Procurement
    

For registration and Summit information, visit: http://summits.aberdeen.com/index.php/cpo.html

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

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