Top Performing Vendors in "ERP in Manufacturing" Revealed
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Top Performing Vendors in "ERP in Manufacturing" Revealed

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Jun 25, 2009 -- Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), announced today the top performing vendor rankings in its ERP in Manufacturing AXIS™ Report. 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 Competitor Intelligence Products for Aberdeen, "The 36-page vendor assessment is based on two key dimensions: first, Aberdeen aggregated top performance of companies in the target marketplace based on 2,200 primary surveys conducted over the past fourteen months; and second, Aberdeen conducts a vendor readiness assessment which includes evaluation of responses to a standardized vendor questionnaire, analyst briefings, public records and customer interviews."

The ERP in Manufacturing AXIS™ Report is authored by Cindy Jutras, Vice President & Research Fellow, Aberdeen. Jutras says, "Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) provides a necessary infrastructure, along with the transactional detail and system of record that any manufacturer needs to run its business. While ERP has become this necessary infrastructure, it is also a strategic weapon in streamlining and accelerating business processes -- while providing visibility to those processes throughout the enterprise." According to Jutras, "We saw a dramatic shift last year as the need to cut costs emerged as the driving force behind ERP regardless of industry or company size. That trend continues this year, so the real measure of success of an ERP implementation must be the efficiencies it produces." She explains, "The goal of Aberdeen's AXIS report, ERP in Manufacturing, is to educate end user organizations on the different solution providers."

According to Aberdeen's findings after evaluating 15 ERP vendors, the solution providers offering the best combined Value Delivered and Market Readiness scores include: Plex Systems, SAP, Oracle and Infor.

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.

To obtain a copy of the ERP in Manufacturing AXIS™ Report visit:

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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