SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

June 10, 2009 10:00 ET

Manufacturing Performance Management

71% of Top Executives Are Focused on Aligning Manufacturing and Corporate Performance as a Key Strategic Initiative

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) - The latest research report from Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), "Manufacturing Performance Management: Linking Operational and Corporate Metrics for Intelligent Cost Cutting," has correlated specific business capabilities and technology enablers to top operational performance.

For the purposes of this study, Aberdeen has evaluated and classified manufacturers based on three important performance indicators: On-Time and Complete Shipments, OEE, and Production Compliance. Leading manufacturers are defined as the top 20% of performers in a weighted average across the aforementioned three KPIs and results show that leading performance is:

* 97% On-Time and Complete Shipments

* 90% Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

* +6% Operating Margin vs. Corporate Plan

Putting these findings in context, Matthew Littlefield, a Senior Research Analyst with Aberdeen Group's Global Manufacturing Practice, states, "Manufacturing executives face many pressures today, none of which are more prevalent or pressing than to reduce overall manufacturing costs. However, cost cutting is not new for these executives and many are wondering what is left to cut. This Aberdeen research will provide a roadmap for intelligently accomplishing these cost cuts and show how many executives are now attempting to both create visibility and synchronize manufacturing metrics with high level corporate metrics."

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