APQC Expands Membership Availability for Professional Services Firms

Starting At Just $6,000, Small and Mid-Sized Professional Services Firms Now Have Access to World-Class Research and Benchmarking Data

(Houston, TX - April 22, 2008) - Responding to strong market interest, APQC has expanded its membership structure for professional services firms (www.apqc.org/data). Membership pricing now includes additional levels that start at only $6,000 per year. Like having a highly respected, independent research department in-house, APQC membership allows professional services firms to spend less time and resources on primary research and more time serving their clients' direct needs.

"Professional services members can access more than 30 years of APQC's best practice research and benchmarking," says Cathy Hill, APQC Director of Global Alliances. "APQC offers an affordable option to any firm that needs easy access to high-quality best practice information, industry standard metrics and reliable benchmarks."

Leading professional service organizations worldwide use APQC's best practice and benchmarking resources to create proposals, establish performance baselines and demonstrate thought leadership to their clients. A few of APQC's current members include Bearing Point, Ernst & Young, IBM Corp., KPMG LLP, Parson Consulting, and many others.

Key deliverables for APQC professional services members include:

  • Knowledge Base. Firms gain unlimited access to online library of best practices that features more than 8,000 primary and secondary research, whitepapers, case studies, reports, articles and books. All employees of the firm have access APQC's Knowledge Base from their desktops via a personalized browser interface.
  • Open Standards Benchmarking CollaborativeSM (OSBC). With more than 5,000 participants, the OSBC database is the world's largest repository of business metrics for human capital management, financial management, supply chain activities, product development, innovation and information technology. Firms regularly use the database to determine optimum number of FTEs, target costs and cycle times for key processes; analyze service delivery models; evaluate technology; and establish baselines.
  • Consortium Benchmarking Studies. APQC offers firms the opportunity to serve as sponsors or research champions in collaborative best practice studies. Using this venue, firms provide subject matter experience and thought leadership in key practice areas ranging from innovation and business process management to knowledge management and leadership, among others.
  • Custom Benchmarking. APQC supports firms to aid in research for client projects to gain a closer view of best practices within a specific area. Recent projects include acting as a sub-contractor to assist with benchmarking, creating custom reports and providing internal benchmarking and research.
    For information on membership contact Cathy Hill (+1.713.685.4652, chill@apqc.org) or visit www.apqc.org/data.

About APQC

A global resource for process and performance improvement, APQC discovers improvement methods, identifies benchmarks and best practices, disseminates findings and connects individuals. APQC's employees conduct benchmarking and best practices research, offer training and publish reports on productivity, quality, benchmarking, knowledge management and other areas. Founded in 1977, today the member-based nonprofit serves more than 500 organizations. For information, visit www.apqc.org or call 800.776.9676, +1.713.681.4020.

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