Aberdeen Group Publishes Four New Business Planning and Execution Research Reports

Research Examines Financial Planning, Social Project Management, Informed ERP Selection, Auto Industry ERP

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Oct 15, 2013) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced the publication of four new research reports by Nick Castellina, Senior Research Analyst for its Business Planning and Execution research practice.

In "The Impact of Business Intelligence on Financial Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting: Aiding Insight and Confidence," 43% of respondents noted that market volatility is the top pressure faced in the achieving forecast accuracy. In a constantly changing business environment, organizations must generate forecasts that accurately reflect current business conditions. Additionally, 21% cited the inability to trace business success to its key components, with 30% of respondents citing their failure to factor analytics into planning, budgeting, and forecasting. Business Intelligence (BI) and predictive analytics (PA) significantly impact planning, budgeting, and forecasting processes by delivering more-robust data to decision makers. This report examines BI and PA adoption rates and illustrates the capabilities of each. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410182&cid=8658&camp=PRES

"Social Project Management: The Whole is Stronger than Its Parts" indicates communications remains the key to successful project management, with teams sharing knowledge and working through problems together. Communication with internal and external clients is also important to keep all parties engaged and informed, and to manage ever-changing client priorities. Although 60% of survey respondents from project-based businesses indicate they use project management and reporting solutions, with increasing numbers of software vendors offering project management solutions featuring user-friendly "social business" functionality, project-based organizations may find that their current software solutions are no longer sufficient. This report identifies why project-based organizations are adopting social business tools, current adoption rates, and their impact on project management. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410182&cid=8659&camp=PRES.

"The Dangers of Uninformed ERP Selection" reveals that while selecting an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution is a high-risk process, a successful ERP solution selection and implementation can lead to substantial gains across many business metrics, while a poor ERP selection and implementation adds complexity to an organization, interferes with employee productivity, and causes service delivery delays. This report examines what the informed ERP buyer looks for when selecting a solution, as well as the consequences of selecting an inappropriate solution. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, please visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410182&cid=8662&camp=PRES.

Automotive suppliers produce, ship, and sell the products that run the world. Consider how difficult life would be without motor vehicles. The report "ERP in Automotive: Taking a Look under the Hood" indicates that it is equally difficult to run an automotive supply business without Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). As a complete, auditable system of record, ERP facilitates supply chain operations, acts as an internal collaboration portal, and provides end-to-end visibility of what is happening throughout the organization. This report identifies key 2013 goals of automotive suppliers, and the ways in which ERP can help these organizations meet their goals through successful continuous improvement, supply chain planning, and collaboration. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410182&cid=8673&camp=PRES.

Some recent research reports from Nick Castellina include "Social BPM: Putting Hallway Chatter to Good Use," "ERP in the Midmarket: Enabling Functionality and Simplicity to Combat Complexity," and "Aligning Long-term Plans with Short-term Forecasts: Maintaining Productivity without Losing Sight of Goals." 

View Nick Castellina's postings on the Aberdeen Group blog Research with Results.

Follow Nick on Twitter @nickcastellina

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

Enabled by its team of 40 research analysts covering 16 industry-sector categories, access to 35,000+ benchmarked enterprise decision makers, and 2.5 million research readers, Aberdeen Group -- a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS) -- is the trusted advisor to global technology markets, providing corporations with insights that drive IT decisions. Aberdeen's independent, fact-based research and market intelligence is used by the Fortune 1000, Global 500, and Software 500.

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