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An Influence Council you might want to process

Last week, I wrote about the Environment, Safety and Health Influence Council in a blog titledSpotlight on environmental software influence.  This week, I want to focus on the Process Controls Influence Council, meeting at the ASUG08 conference on May 5, 2008 from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM.  Jan Gardner and Stephanie Gruber are the SAP representatives coordinating this session, which has at least 5 ASUG member companies sponsors, through both the Internal Controls and Financial/Controlling Special Interest groups.

In case you missed it, Mark Finnern wrote about many ASUG NetWeaver Influence Council and Strategy Sessions and Strategy Sessions.  As we mentioned, check the online Agenda Builder for up-to-the-minute details on session logistics.

I had the pleasure of working with Stephanie Gruber when she was at an SAP customer firm, and an ASUG volunteer with the Master Data Management SIG.  I can promise this Influence Council will be well run, with customer feedback fairly considered. 

The abstract says:

SAP GRC Process Control provides critical compliance functionality, including compliance and monitoring for SOX Compliance. The council is prioritizing future requirements for the new features that will be available.

To get a better idea of what will be covered, you can download the current slides from the session, #5400.

The key goals of this Influence Council are:

  1. Future Product Development
  2. Feedback on Existing Product
  3. Tips and Tricks

To me, slide 3 (of 27), titled “Internal Controls – Top Five Issues” should give you a clear idea about what this will cover, and who should attend.  The issues list:

  • Limited insight into control environment / Crisis-driven exception management
  • No “single version of truth” / Systems of internal control are fragmented across organization, process and application boundaries
  • Limited control automation / Disjointed processes for manual and automated controls
  • Ad-hoc, project-based compliance
  • Inflexible security models


The ASUG Internal Controls SIG is led by: 

Marty Allison, SIG Chair
Open, SIG Program Chair

The ASUG FI/CO SIG is led by :

Ronny Saghera, SIG Chair
Sachin Malhotra, SIG Program Chair

Both are part of the ASUG Financial Communities.  If you are interested in financial internal controls (and who wouldn’t be), make plans to visit this session.

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