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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA November 30, 2012
BI/SAP Professional Journal – 
Review some of the key functions of SAP Visual Intelligence based on its seventh Support Package.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA May 1, 2012
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
- SAP Access Control 10.0 relies heavily on workflow to process not only access requests but also other tasks supported by the diverse capabilities of the application.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA May 1, 2012
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
- SAP has recoded version 10.0 of SAP Access Control on the ABAP stack. For this reason it isn’t possible to simply upgrade your current deployments of the solution; it is necessary to install new instances of version 10.0 and migrate your data to them. SAP supports migration from the two previous releases — SAP Access Control 5.3 and Compliance Calibrator/Firefighter 4.0.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA November 7, 2011
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
In SAP BusinessObjects Access Control 10.0, the process of maintenance and initialization of firefighter sessions is done from the SAP BusinessObjects GRC platform. Additionally, a new workflow provides an auditable process for ensuring that supervisors review the new consolidated log reports following firefighter activity. Examine how log reports are augmented, providing a more complete tracking of firefighter activity.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA September 12, 2011
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 

Learn how to configure the workflow engine in version 10.0 leveraging SAP NetWeaver’s Business Rule Framework Plus (BRF+).


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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA August 9, 2011
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
Version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Access Control comes with a revised platform and runs on an SAP NetWeaver application server ABAP. If you want to upgrade your current implementation of SAP BusinessObjects Access Control you’ll need to migrate your data using export and import tools provided with the software. Learn how to plan a migration and examine the supporting tools.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA July 7, 2011
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
Learn about key improvements of version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA May 31, 2011
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
Learn about the key benefits arising from recoding version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Access Control on the ABAP platform and its harmonization with other SAP BusinessObjects GRC solutions such as version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Process Control and version 10.0 of SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA March 21, 2011
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
A risk monitoring framework delivers actionable alerts and reports that support decision makers in managing risk responses. It includes automated key risk indicators (KRIs) that trigger early warnings, meaningful reports of the current risk status, and records of risk incidents and losses as lessons learned. Learn how to set up KRIs in SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management 3.0 and define criteria to trigger follow-up actions. Use pre-delivered Crystal Reports to respond to frequent management questions regarding the organization’s risk status and record your risk incidents and losses in an incident and loss database.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA February 10, 2011
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
Examine the fourth phase of the enterprise risk management (ERM) process: risk response allocation. See how in SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management you can distinguish between various response types and involve response owners in a collaborative process to increase accountability for response implementation. In addition to assessing response completeness and effectiveness, you can conduct a residual risk analysis employing quantitative and qualitative methods. Also learn the key integration points between SAP BusinessObjects Process Control and SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management, seeing how process controls can align with risk response.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA December 22, 2010
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
Become acquainted with the third of the five-phase enterprise risk management (ERM) process: risk analysis. Step through the configuration to customize the risk analysis to your business needs. Learn how a risk analysis is initiated either directly by a responsible risk owner as a scheduled workflow task or by a key risk indicator (KRI) showing a violation of a predefined tolerance.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA November 19, 2010
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
Learn about the second phase in the enterprise risk management (ERM) process, risk identification. The knowledge about your business risks is spread across your organization and lines of business. A collaborative approach is required to identify and document all risks threatening your enterprise involving many different stakeholders. Discover how SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management 3.0 provides your risk managers with the means to document all key aspects of a risk and reach out to all relevant stakeholders via workflow-driven surveys to collect important information about your risks. Examine how any of your employees can propose a new risk in a self-service scenario for further investigation by your risk managers.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA October 18, 2010
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
More and more, companies are recognizing the relevance of solid risk management to protect themselves from diverse threats and increase the success rate of their strategies and initiatives. The enterprise risk management (ERM) process can be divided into five phases: risk planning, risk identification, risk analysis, risk response allocation, and risk monitoring. Learn about how the risk planning phase is covered in SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management 3.0, and how to set up the required master data structures to provide a solid framework for your ERM process.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA September 3, 2010
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
Many risk managers complain about a lack of enterprise insight and alignment of risk management to the strategic objectives of their organization. With a rather manual and inconsistent approach based on emails and spreadsheets, they often fail to oversee the impact of risks to the strategic goals and whether appropriate risk responses were implemented to mitigate risks. SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management 3.0 is an enterprise-scalable, near real-time, integrative solution to align enterprise risk management with corporate strategy initiatives, and effectively mitigate risk. Learn how it optimizes corporate performance, maximizes visibility of risk impacts and effectiveness of risk responses, and sends out early alerts through automated monitoring of key risk indicators.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA August 16, 2010
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
Too often, controls are managed using inadequate tools (e.g., point solutions, document repositories, and spreadsheets) that require too much manual tracking and updating. With SAP BusinessObjects Process Control 3.0, you can streamline issue identification and remediation with automated task notification and workflow-driven remediation plans.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA June 22, 2010
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management helps organizations track and communicate sustainability performance, set goals and objectives, and monitor activities – all while helping to reduce the time and cost spent collecting data and compiling disclosures. Learn more about the business case for this application and how it works on a high level. Understand SAP’s two-fold role in the sustainability area as exemplar and enabler.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA May 14, 2010
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 

Learn how the different options for control automation included in the automated control framework in SAP BusinessObjects Process Control 3.0 turn tedious and error-prone manual tests into a repeatable automated process.


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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA April 11, 2010
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
With the requirement of identifying and assessing the design and operating effectiveness of internal controls many companies have ended up producing too much documentation and performing more testing, resulting in increased costs of compliance. Regulatory agencies such as the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) encourage companies to focus on areas where there is the greatest risk that internal controls over financial reporting would fail to prevent or detect a material misstatement in the financial statements. SAP BusinessObjects Process Control 3.0 supports a top-down, risk-based scoping based on Audit Standard 5 by PCAOB. Learn how these scoping instruments work and provide a powerful scoping method when applied in combination.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA March 11, 2010
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
When different teams work with different procedures in different software solutions to address the many internal policies and external regulations to which a company is subject, it leads to inconsistent master data, unnecessary costs, and a lack of management visibility. SAP Business Objects Process Control 3.0 comes with a global master data catalogue and a multiple compliance framework to provide an efficient solution. It allows for managing compliance with respect to multiple regulations in a unified manner in a single system using shared master data. Learn more about how it works and how to set it up in the system.

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by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA February 4, 2010
SAP Professional Journal/Financials – 
Costs for compliance and fraud prevention have risen significantly in recent years and with the current economic situation we’re likely to manage more regulations in the future, further driving costs up. Companies relish efficiency in the GRC space to garner the true benefits of compliance. One means of more efficient compliance is an integrated solution called Risk-Based Internal Control, which helps ensure continuous compliance with regulatory requirements and company policies including government mandates, industry standards, and internal policies.

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