May 13, 2014

The Hackett Group's 2014 North American Best Practices Conference Focuses on "Accelerating Growth Through Innovation"

  • Highlights included Presentations by Leading Global Companies
  • Plus Insights from The Hackett Group's New World-Class Performance Research

MIAMI & LONDON, May 13, 2014 - "Accelerating Growth Through Innovation" was the focus of The Hackett Group's 2014 North American Best Practices Conference held at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago April 28-30, 2014.

The Hackett Group (NASDAQ: HCKT), a global strategic business advisory and operations improvement consulting firm, is a leader in best practice advisory, business benchmarking, and transformation consulting services including strategy and operations, working capital management, and globalization advice.

This year's best practices conference brought together speakers from more than a dozen of the world's most respected companies, including CFOs, CIOs, and leaders in procurement, human resources, and global business services from: Air Products; Alcoa; Coty; Johnson & Johnson; Marriott; Mead Johnson Nutrition; MultiCare Health System; Oracle Corporation; PAREXEL International Corporation; RAI Services Company; United Continental Holdings; and Xerox Corporation.

The sold out event, which was attended by over 200 senior-level executives from the world's most respected brands, also featured The Hackett Group latest insights on the business transformation and process improvement strategies and tactics being deployed by the highest performing global companies. Nine industry-leading companies sponsored the event: BlackLine Systems; Coupa Software; HP; Jive Software; Kronos; Open Scan; Oracle; Staples Advantage; and WNS.

At the conference, The Hackett Group also offered an update and live demonstration of The Hackett Group's Performance Exchange™, a new automated measurement dashboard designed to accelerate companies' journeys to world-class performance. The Hackett Group Performance Exchange is a breakthrough performance intelligence solution that automatically extracts data from ERP systems and benchmarks results to produce actionable insights - faster and at a fraction of the cost and effort involved in any benchmarking alternative or building a custom solution.

"This year, business strategies are focused on improving innovative capacity to accelerate revenue growth and improve profitability," explained The Hackett Group Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Ted Fernandez. "For business service functions, improving efficiency and delivering continuous improvement are simply not sufficient to adequately support the enterprise innovation agenda. Instead, business services organizations must reinvent themselves to deliver greater value. This reinvention involves retooling, realigning talent, and re-architecting service delivery.

"To enable companies to accelerate this transformation, we brought together executives from an array of top-performing companies to share stories about how they are redefining their role and value proposition to support a sustainable, innovation-based growth strategy," said Mr. Fernandez. "Throughout the event, attendees made it clear that we more than achieved our goal -- to prompt thought-provoking and engaging conversations, and offer ideas and approaches enabling them to better support their company's growth. This was clearly another very successful Best Practices Conference."

At the conference, The Hackett Group also announced that its 2014 European Best Practices Conference would take place at the Hilton Berlin on October 7-9. In addition, the 2015 U.S. Best Practices Conference will be held at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago on April 27-29, 2015.


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.