EDITORS’ UPDATE, Dec. 3, 2004
— Microsoft is evolving the Office Solution Accelerators program with the Solution Showcase for the Microsoft Office System. For additional information, see
Microsoft Showcases More Solutions Developed On the Microsoft Office System
Microsoft Office System Solutions Web site
Updated: July 2004
“The Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley sped up our compliance process by providing an easy-to-use tool for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of our section 404 controls documentation,” said Stacy Lax, director of internal audit for RemedyTemp Inc., a national provider of clerical, light industrial, information technology and financial temporary staffing services. “Using the accelerator, multiple individuals or teams in multiple locations can now collaborate on intelligent task management and reporting. The methodology of the accelerator can also be used for other projects, such as internal audit management.”
Director of Internal Audit
“The Credit Suisse Group has worked with Microsoft as part of its Early Adopter Program to customize and implement the Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley. CSG will pilot the tool in its group corporate center and holding units first, with intentions of later transitioning the system to the remainder of the group based on a successful pilot phase.
“A key reason for choosing the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator was its flexibility for customization to meet the various needs of our diversified, globally spread-out business units. In addition, we viewed Microsoft’s commitment as an organization as a key selection criteria, to work with us from start to finish to see that our needs are met and that the solution is successfully implemented in all business units of our organization to meet the requirements set out under Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404.”
David A. Miller
Group Product Manager, Financial Controls Initiative
Credit Suisse Group
“Edwards Lifesciences is in the process of implementing the Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley using the PricewaterhouseCoopers recommended control libraries. The Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley was selected as the most cost-effective option for Edwards as it leverages our existing IT infrastructure.”
Edwards Lifesciences Corp.
“Current Sarbanes-Oxley regulations mandate that many publicly traded companies file certain reports and statements before the end of this year. In meeting initial 404 compliance, tools such as the Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley can be integrated in a company’s financial systems architecture and can provide a foundation for other upcoming requirements of enhanced transparency and monitoring.”
“Compliance management is all about process and structure — expanding that framework throughout the entire business will not only accelerate future reporting, it will also reduce risks and increase operational efficiency. Captaris Teamplate has embraced the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley and has added powerful workflow and business process management functionality to assist public companies to manage the complexities and compliance requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.”
“The Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley contains powerful document and information-management features integrated strongly within a control environment, making it a highly effective way of addressing Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. Cognizant’s versatile Sarbanes-Oxley framework will leverage the power of the accelerator to provide a strong solution to customers pursuing Sarbanes-Oxley compliance initiatives.”
Director, Datawarehouse Division
Cognizant Technology Solutions
“KVS is excited about working with Microsoft on the Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley. KVS enhances the accelerator with a robust archiving platform to address the critical requirements governed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act around aggregating content, auditing, reporting and discovery.”
Mary Kay Roberto
Vice President and General Manager, North America
“LEGATO Software is pleased with the announcement of the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley. As a leading provider of information management solutions that help organizations achieve regulatory compliance and reduce the risk associated with litigation and discovery requests, LEGATO is committed to working with Microsoft to enable our mutual customers to meet the requirements governed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.”
Vice President, Microsoft Alliance
“Meridio is excited about working with the Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley and offering our Electronic Document and Records Management (EDRM) solution to Microsoft customers. As a pure Microsoft technology partner, Meridio feels uniquely positioned to extend the value of the accelerator and help customers meet Sarbanes-Oxley and other regulatory requirements by offering an additional compliance layer — The Microsoft Compliance Desktop — to the Microsoft technology stack.”
“Compliance with acts such as Sarbanes-Oxley will require fast and easy accessibility to critical financial and nonfinancial information. Panorama Software is pleased to provide business intelligence solutions on top of the Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley that address the need for this information immediacy. The proactive reporting and real-time information management provided by Panorama enables stakeholders to have the information they need to improve their company’s accountability in key business processes.”
Panorama Software Ltd.
“As indicated by several of our clients, the market has been eagerly anticipating a Sarbanes-Oxley solution from Microsoft, particularly one that can be configured and customized to meet a company’s unique requirements. The Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley could prove to be a sound strategic platform for companies to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley as well as a broader range of issues relating to corporate governance and risk management. We look forward to working with Microsoft to enhance this solution to fit the emerging needs of public companies worldwide.”
Managing Director, Risk Technology Solutions
“RSA Security continues to demonstrate its longstanding record of leadership and innovation in identity management to help customers use technology as a business enabler. RSA ClearTrust software addresses many of the needs customers face when working toward compliance, while offering strong integration with the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley. RSA Security helps streamline and simplify the process by which publicly traded companies can achieve compliance with federal financial reporting regulations.”
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions
RSA Security Inc.
“Just having an enterprise resource planning system in place doesn’t provide compliance; it is companies’ effective management of their control environment and associated audit tasks that leads to compliance. Tools like the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley provide a sound foundation for working toward a fully compliant internal control system. At Scala, providing companies with powerful, Microsoft Office-integrated tools like iScala for management and transparency of internal financial information — independent of where those companies operate or whatever stock market they trade on — has always been our goal.”
Scala Business Solutions NV
“SourceCode is thrilled to be involved with the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley. K2.net 2003 provides a powerful solution to extend and automate complex business processes in enterprise organizations on the Microsoft platform. This automation provides advanced capabilities for legislative process compliance and addresses the critical aspect of process visibility and audit trails. K2.net 2003 integrates with SharePoint (TM) Portal Server 2003, the Office 2003 editions, InfoPath (TM) , Content Management Server 2002 and BizTalk® Server 2004.”
Vice President of North America
SourceCode Technology Holdings
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