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Aberdeen Awards Recognition to SBC Communications for use of httprint

Press release from the issuing company

SBC predicts $100 million in savings over five years using httprint SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8, 2002 – SBC Communications’ implementation of httprint’s e-Procurement Solution for print has earned SBC a "Best Practice in e-Procurement" recognition from the Aberdeen Group. The companies were recognized in Aberdeen’s recently published "Best Practices in Online Services Procurement (OSP)" report. SBC is a $45 billion telecommunications firm based in San Antonio, Texas. Using httprint’s e-Procurement Solution, SBC predicts it will save $100 million over five years. Aberdeen’s analysis showed SBC’s savings from the httprint implementation are in the areas of reduced print product costs, time saved procuring print products and services, more strategic choice of suppliers and company-wide contract compliance. According to the Aberdeen report, Adrienne Brown, SBC Contractual Services, said another key benefit is the visibility the company now has into its print spend and its ability through httprint to track spending enterprise-wide and link the information to SBC’s other financial systems. SBC was also able to reduce its print vendor base from nearly 300 companies to 35 strategic suppliers by working with httprint. Mark Porter, President and CEO of httprint, said the Aberdeen Best Practices recognition and SBC’s results echo similar success stories across the httprint client portfolio. "We are extremely pleased that SBC has earned this recognition of its procurement practices and that httprint is providing SBC significant hard dollar savings while further streamlining its print procurement and management processes," said Porter. "Print is a major cost area for corporations but too often firms don’t leverage the total buying power they have, " said Christa Degnan, senior analyst, Supply Chain Research, at Aberdeen. "httprint’s e-Procurement solution and services empowered SBC to take advantage of its print spending volume, dramatically reduce its supplier base, and save 10% to 20% in hard costs through day-to-day purchasing compliance with its preferred printer contracts. These are best practice improvements other companies should seek to emulate." The SBC case study can be found at http://www.httprint.com/clients_case_studies.html. For more information about the report, visit Aberdeen’s Web site at http://www.aberdeen.com