Accounts Payable Market Set to Rise in 2010 According to Latest Aberdeen Group Report

Industry Transformation, Stalled by Global Recession in 2009, Will Be Back on Course in 2010

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 13, 2009) - With cost containment and cash management still at the top of the executive agenda, accounts payable professionals find themselves more closely aligned with senior leadership than at any time in recent memory, according to E-Payables Benchmark 2009: Accounts Payable Rising, a new study by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS).

"The paper-laden accounts payable function sits in stark contrast to today's business environment that is relentless in its pursuit of process efficiencies and cost reductions. A/P needs an exit strategy from its paper 'quagmire,'" comments Andrew Bartolini, Vice President of Global Supply Management research, Aberdeen Group. "Our research indicates that the broad-reaching transformation of accounts payable departments that lost momentum will regain course and continue to rise in 2010."

Aberdeen's latest e-payables-focused report examined the top priorities, business pressures, and intentions of more than 150 executives seeking to improve accounts payable performance. The report also highlights the strategies employed by leading enterprises to drive the following performance levels:

--  Invoice-processing costs that are, on average, 83% below their peers
--  Invoice-processing cycle times that are, on average, 83% faster than
    their peers

A complimentary copy of the E-Payables Benchmark 2009: Accounts Payable Rising report is available due to the underwriting support of Basware, Brainware, Direct Insite, Metafile, Inc., and U.S. Bank PowerTrack. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit:

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