World-class information technology (IT) organizations spend 7 percent more than typical companies, according to 2006 Enterprise Book of Numbers research from The Hackett Group.

But this increased spending more than pays for itself by enabling improved efficiency and effectiveness in finance, procurement, human resources (HR), and other areas of back-office operations. With the help of improved technology usage, world-class finance organizations spend 45 percent less than typical companies on finance operations. World-class procurement organizations also spend 25 percent less, and world-class HR organizations spend 13 percent less.

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