BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 6, 2009) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), announced today the top performing vendor rankings in its "Talent Acquisition AXIS™." Aberdeen's AXIS™ is a report that provides a competitive intelligence perspective that allows organizations insight into the technology providers that helped leading companies achieve superior performance. The research showcases which vendors enabled client success based on the value delivered and the ability of the vendor to support and service its clientele. According to John Pearson, VP, Competitive Intelligence Products for Aberdeen, "The 31-page vendor assessment is based on two key dimensions: first, Aberdeen aggregated top performance of companies in the target marketplace based on 1,025 primary surveys conducted typically over the past eighteen months; and second, Aberdeen conducted a vendor readiness assessment which included evaluation of responses to a standardized vendor questionnaire, analyst briefings, public records and customer interviews."

The "Talent Acquisition AXIS™ Report" is authored by Kevin Martin, Vice President and Group Director, Aberdeen. "Best-in-Class organizations are seizing the current economic climate to ensure their talent acquisition engines are primed to positively impact their employer brand, and to hire better quality talent more quickly once the need is identified and the resources are made available," states Martin. "War for talent is an often overused term, yet organizations are in a constant battle to identify, attract, and hire the best talent possible. The goal of Aberdeen's AXIS report on Talent Acquisition is to help facilitate an understanding and selection of talent acquisition solutions for end-users."

According to Aberdeen's findings after evaluating 40 Talent Acquisition vendors, the solution providers offering the best combined Value Delivered and Market Readiness scores include: Ultimate Software, SilkRoad technology, inc., ADP, and Hodes iQ (Bernhard Hodes Group)

Aberdeen Group's President Andrew Boyd reports that AXIS™ was developed in response to requests from Aberdeen's 2.5+ million business readers spanning 40 countries, including representation from 90% of the Fortune 1000. "Aberdeen's mission is clear as we take yet another step to educate businesses to action by providing them with relevant and timely information to make more informed decisions, understand efficient and effective ways of accomplishing a task, and maximize their ability to gain competitive ground," according to Boyd. "With AXIS™, Aberdeen provides a competitive intelligence perspective that allows organizations to understand their peers' experience with various service and product providers, and to determine which are best positioned to help them achieve their goals."

According to Lauren McCollem, Director of Marketing for Dimensional Insight, "The approach that Aberdeen has taken here is truly unique and exceptionally valuable to the marketplace." With this new research in hand, technology solution providers will be able to refresh their product roadmaps to reflect market successes and business user demands, and educate their market on how solutions impact customers' business results.

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About Aberdeen Group, A Harte-Hanks Company

Aberdeen provides fact-based research and market intelligence that delivers demonstrable results. Having queried more than 30,000 companies in the past two years, Aberdeen is positioned to educate users to action: driving market awareness, creating demand, enabling sales, and delivering meaningful return-on-investment analysis. As the trusted advisor to the global technology markets, corporations turn to Aberdeen™ for insights that drive decisions.

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