June 8, 2010

Answerthink's Industrial Machinery and Components Solution Receives SAP Qualification

  • Answerthink Broadens Solutions to Include Offering for Industrial Machinery And Components, Now Qualified SAP® Business All-in-One Partner Solution

MIAMI, June 8, 2010 - Answerthink, a division of The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT) and a premier developer, provider, and supporter of SAP® solutions, today announced that its EzIMC™ offering for the industrial machinery and components industry is now a qualified SAP Business All-in-One partner solution. The solution includes functionality specifically for growing and mid-market companies within this industry.

Answerthink's EzIMC supports the entire business value chain from design to service, including product life cycle management, order-to-cash management, supply chain planning and execution, engineer to order, make to order and/or make to stock strategies, procure to pay process, service management and financial management. The package is a completely preconfigured, documented, industry-specific, and ready-to-run version of the SAP ERP application combined with SAP Best Practices offerings and Answerthink's expertise with industrial machinery and components companies.

"EzIMC was developed to meet the complex challenges facing industrial manufacturers today," said Steve Brawner, senior director in charge of EzIMC solution development at Answerthink. "Special emphasis was placed on the solution to support multi-mode manufacturers, allowing these organizations to greatly streamline production operations, leverage partner relationships and improve customer service levels."

SAP Business All-in-One solutions are qualified by SAP and developed, sold, and supported by SAP channel partners as a defined-scope implementation with consulting services. These solutions offer the flexibility to accommodate the unique business needs of each customer. Small and mid-size companies typically have revenues under $500 million and require cost-effective solutions that can be up and running quickly. These companies benefit greatly from the industry best practices and business-specific solution expertise that SAP and partners like Answerthink provide.

"We are excited to build on the success of our qualified SAP Business All-In-One partner solutions with the release of EzIMC," said John McGrath, managing director, SAP Solutions Group, Answerthink. "Through our EzLifeScience™, EzDistribution™, EzServices Provider™ and EzCPG™ solutions, we have demonstrated that an SAP solution is within the reach of a mid-market customer base who might not normally evaluate an SAP solution. With our newly qualified SAP Business All-In-One partner solution, we aim to take our extensive knowledge and skills to serve customers in this market segment."

Answerthink is a strategic business and technology consulting firm that enables companies to achieve world-class business performance. The newest qualification of the EzlMC industrial machinery and components solution adds to a family of solutions provided by Answerthink for industries including life sciences, consumer products, wholesale distribution, and service providers.

In addition to support of SAP software, Answerthink offers a broad array of implementation services designed to enable clients to achieve world-class business performance and maximize the return on technology investments.

About Answerthink

Answerthink (www.answerthink.com) is an SAP gold channel partner that develops and offers qualified SAP Business All-in-One partner solutions - industry-specific software, implementation and training packaged solutions. By leveraging the best practices database of The Hackett Group, Answerthink helps clients improve performance and maximize returns on investments in SAP software. Answerthink is a division of The Hackett Group and has offices in the United States, Europe and India.


About The Hackett Group, Inc.

The Hackett Group (NASDAQ: HCKT) is an intellectual property-based strategic consultancy and leading enterprise benchmarking and best practices implementation firm to global companies. Services include business transformation, enterprise performance management, working capital management, and global business services. The Hackett Group also provides dedicated expertise in business strategy, operations, finance, human capital management, strategic sourcing, procurement, and information technology, including its award-winning Oracle EPM and SAP practices.

The Hackett Group has completed more than 11,000 benchmarking studies with major corporations and government agencies, including 93% of the Dow Jones Industrials, 86% of the Fortune 100, 87% of the DAX 30 and 52% of the FTSE 100. These studies drive its Best Practice Intelligence Center™ which includes the firm's benchmarking metrics, best practices repository, and best practice configuration guides and process flows, which enable The Hackett Group's clients and partners to achieve world-class performance.