March 10, 2011

The Dallas Group "Goes Live" With SAP Business All-in-One Solution From Answerthink and SAP

MIAMI, March 10, 2011 - Answerthink, a division of The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT) focused on providing and supporting SAP® solutions, today announced the successful go-live implementation of EzChemical™, an SAP Business All-in-One partner solution for the chemical industry, at The Dallas Group.

Headquartered in Whitehouse, NJ, The Dallas Group is the world's premier producer of absorbent synthetic magnesium silicate marketed under the trademark MAGNESOL®. In addition, they are proud to be the only North American based manufacturer of ammonium chloride and, in 2003, they entered into the lignosulfonate business. All of these products are used in a wide variety of industrial, food, pharmaceutical, and energy applications.

The Dallas Group needed to replace multiple home grown and proprietary systems with a single-solution information technology landscape. Their goal was to simplify business processes, gain critical analysis and reporting functions, and provide a stable environment while ensuring a scalable solution to support growth. Their decision to select SAP was based on stability of SAP as a product and company, the scalability of the SAP solution to provide for their immediate needs as well as their longer term growth plans. Other major factors included the track record of accelerated implementations using the Answerthink Business All-In-One solution and the implementation team of Emtec (Dallas Group's long standing IT partner) and Answerthink.

The project, which was completed in 22 weeks, included core functionality in the areas of finance, materials management, production planning, and sales & distribution utilizing Answerthink's Business All-In-One pre-configured solution.

"What impressed me most were Answerthink's personnel. A true effort was made to figure out our processes and personnel, and then tailor SAP for our company. We did not feel we were getting a 'One Size Fits All' Information System," said Patrick Dalbenzio, Project Manager, The Dallas Group.

According to Answerthink's SAP Solutions Group Principal, John McGrath, "SAP's Business All-in-One solution will provide The Dallas Group with the infrastructure that will support their growth and adapt to their constantly changing requirements, enabling them to continue as a leader in this unique marketplace."

Answerthink is a strategic business and technology consulting firm that enables companies to achieve world-class business performance. Qualified SAP Business All-in-One partner solutions are industry-specific software, implementation, and training solutions developed by SAP partners using SAP applications.

About The Dallas Group

Dallas Group of America was established in 1989 when the co-founder of a highly successful specialty chemical company originally formed in 1959 took a core group of experienced chemists, engineers, and business executives and spun-off the ammonium chloride and synthetic magnesium silicate operations. Their goal is to provide quality products and service at the right price. They maintain a full-time sales staff worldwide in order to give our customers "hand-on" attention while also maintaining a fully equipped laboratory with a staff of chemists dedicated to performing on-going research and development into new products and applications. For more information, visit

About Answerthink

Answerthink ( 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.

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.