Cash is King! CFOs Leverage Accounts Payable to Improve Cash Positions and Contain Costs

Leading Accounts Payable Departments Save 84% More Than Peers and Optimize Working Capital

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2009) - CFOs are most concerned about managing their cash flow and cutting costs to ensure liquidity and mitigate the inherent risks of operating during this period of pervasive uncertainty and limited credit availability, reports "The CFO's View of Accounts Payable: Cash is King," a new study by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS). To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit:

"With bedrock institutions and entire industries now poised on the brink of collapse and the likelihood of a quick rebound fading fast, profitability now stands as a secondary concern to basic survival for many CFOs. In this context, it is incumbent upon CFOs to pull any and all business levers that can drive productivity and savings," states Andrew Bartolini, Vice President of Global Supply Management research, Aberdeen Group. "Aberdeen research continues to show the compelling benefits that a focus on and investment in Accounts Payable (A/P) can yield. A/P initiatives that can yield a positive return in year one should be advanced immediately."

Aberdeen's latest e-payables-focused report examined the top priorities, business pressures, and intentions of more than 160 senior finance executives seeking to drive performance in 2009. The report also details the business impact that leading accounts payable departments have on their enterprise and highlights the key strategies employed by Best-in-Class enterprises to drive the following performance levels:

--  Invoice-processing costs that are, on average, 84% below their peers
--  Invoice-processing cycle times that are, on average, 59% faster than
    their peers

A complimentary copy of "The CFO's View of Accounts Payable: Cash is King" report is available due to the underwriting support of DO2 Technologies, Inc., Metafile, Inc., and U.S. Bank PowerTrack. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit:

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