Spend Analysis: Transforming Data Into Value

Best-in-Class Strategies for Leveraging Spend Data to Drive Enterprise Performance Revealed in New Research

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 6, 2009) - Spend analysis continues to be a viable process for the procurement organization, helping to arm sourcing professionals and other enterprise functions with valuable corporate spend data, according to a new study published by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS).

The "Spend Analysis: Transforming Data Into Value" report, which surveyed the strategies, performance, and key capabilities and technology utilization of over 250 enterprises, found that the majority (81%) of organizations place high value on the spend analysis process in conducting business within today's economy.

"Spend analysis has become one of the most important processes within the procurement organization," said Christopher Dwyer, research analyst, Aberdeen. "Enterprises that not only leverage this key process, but also automate its crucial sub-processes, have seen tremendous gains, such as increased visibility into enterprise spend as well as higher levels of spend under management and cost savings."

The new report found that leading enterprises have leveraged automated data classification, cleansing, enrichment and reporting / analysis processes within their spend analysis programs to effectively spur a superior level of performance and help the procurement group drive greater value to the overall organization. These top-performing enterprises are:

--  46% more likely than Laggard organizations to conduct regular reviews
    of contract compliance
--  44% more likely to classify and cleanse their spend data
--  Nearly 40% more likely to leverage spend analysis data to identify
    sourcing opportunities

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Contact Information: Media Contact: Christopher Dwyer Aberdeen Harte-Hanks (617) 854-5280 chris.dwyer@aberdeen.com