Spotlight: Ensure Security During an Implementation of an SAP Application

  • by Gary Byrne, Managing Editor, Financials Expert and SCM Expert
  • January 18, 2013
/Project Management/Mobile
Bill Oliver, founding partner at Winterhawk Consulting, answers questions on how to ensure that SAP applications remain secure during an implementation.

To learn more about challenges security teams face during implementations of SAP applications, I had Bill Oliver, founding partner at Winterhawk Consulting, answer a series of questions about his experience implementing SAP applications and what advice he can offer about securing them.

The growth of mobile devices has resulted in an increase in employees who use these types of devices within the workplace. What advice would you give to clients about developing bring-your-own-device policies to protect sensitive data at organizations?

With the advent of tablets, smartphones, and so on, we have the ability to gain great increases in employee efficiencies. However, with that we are increasing the risk of data being pushed and stored on these devices. Over the next couple of years, I feel we are starting to look at a paradigm shift from know your user to know your devices.

Gary Byrne

Gary is the managing editor of Financials Expert and SCM Expert. Before joining WIS in March 2011, Gary was an editor at Elsevier. In this role he managed the development of manuscripts for Elsevier’s imprint responsible for books on computer security. Gary also has held positions as a copy editor at Aberdeen Group, a Boston-based IT market research company, and as an editor at, a publisher of content for the IT community. He also gleaned experience working as a copy editor for International Data Corp., a Framingham, MA-based IT market research company. He earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Suffolk University in Boston. He enjoys traveling, sailing as a passenger onboard schooners, and helping his wife, Valerie, with gardening during summer weekends. He’s a fan of all the Boston sports teams and once stood behind Robert Parish in a line at BayBank. He felt small and didn’t ask for an autograph. You can follow him on Twitter at @FI_SCM_Expert. His online footsteps can also be found in the SAP Experts group on LinkedIn.

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