Budgeting, Planning & Forecasting

Budgeting, Planning & Forecasting

May 12, 2011

Aberdeen Group Publishes Reports from Its Research Practices

Aberdeen (News - Alert) Group, a Harte-Hanks company that provides fact-based research and market intelligence, published research reports from its Wireless and Mobility, Business Intelligence, Financial Management and GRC, Information Lifecycle Management, and IT Infrastructure/Storage and Virtualization research practices.

The report “Wireless LAN 2011: Readying the Invisible Network for the Smart Revolution (News - Alert)” written by Andrew Borg, Senior Research Analyst at Communications, indicated that over the past year the supposedly ‘best-in-class’ companies saw 67 percent enhancement in WLAN throughput, 42 percent improvement in application response time over the WLAN and 4 percent decrease in WLAN support calls. The study is based on survey responses from 228 organizations.

“Business Intelligence on the TCO Diet: Slashing the Cost of Insight with Analytical Fitness” by Michael Lock, Senior Research Analyst at Business Intelligence, showed that at best-in-class companies 92 percent of BI projects are delivered at or below budget while the industry is only 68 percent. 87 percent of BI projects are delivered on time and 75 percent of the BI user base is actively engaged with the solutions frequently.

Lock also authored another report “Public Sector Analytics: Optimizing Resource Usage with Data-Driven Decisions” that indicated that top performers in the public sector are able to access critical information 81 percent of the time without relying on IT assistance, compared with 62 percent of the time for all other public sector organizations. The report purportedly demonstrates that superior decision support using business analytics in the public sector is predicated on data management efficiency, the application of the right business knowledge to that data, and the timely delivery of relevant insight-based analysis.

“Invoicing and Workflow: Integrating Process Automation to Enhance Operational Performance” by Scott Pezza, Senior Research Associate at Financial Management and GRC, revealed that 71 percent of the best-in-class companies processed invoices faster than the others. 85 percent of them incur lower cost than other for processing invoice and 76 percent of them capture more early payment discounts than all others.

The report “From Database to Shop Floor: The Impact of Material Master Data Management”, developed by Nathaniel Rowe, Research Associate at Aberdeen Group IT Infrastructure and Information Lifecycle Management practice, illustrated organizations using Material MDM had raw material lead times that were 25 percent faster than organizations without MDM.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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