SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

January 12, 2011 11:00 ET

Governance, Risk, and Compliance Management: Setting the Stage for Growth

48% of Executives Surveyed Consider the Integration of Compliance Measures Into Core Business Processes as a Key Growth Strategy

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 12, 2011) - In a newly-released report, Effective GRC Management: Positioning Your Company for Growth, Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), provides guidance on implementing effective Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) management, and the corresponding capabilities and enabling technologies that help improve financial and operational control.

"GRC management is often viewed as a cost-saving measure (reduction of fines / penalties and corrective labor), as opposed to a new revenue generator. Organizations under such circumstances are typically using GRC management to resolve problems that have already erupted, as opposed to using such processes to mitigate risks and prevent unseen costs before they occur," according to William Jan, Senior Analyst at Aberdeen Group. "By having effective processes and tools in place to identify areas of risk, companies can actually derive new-market revenue from two facets: 1. being able to sell into global markets by meeting compliance requirements, and 2. gain new customers through competitive differentiation (customers will always want to conduct business with an organization possessing lower liabilities)."

This report is designed to shed light on the strategic value of GRC initiatives, from both financial and operational standpoints, and how their effective management can enable companies to achieve cost reduction, and revenue growth. "Organizations should ensure that corporate objectives, risk data, regulatory requirements, and accountability information are made visible to stakeholders to enable timely and informed decisions," explains Jan. "Top companies are 94% more likely than their competitors to maintain a centralized repository for compliance audit and accountability information. Subsequently, these companies reported a 90% positive audit success rate in the past 12 months."

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About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company
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