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Improve Resilience While Managing Risk, Compliance, and Controls

Discover SAP solutions for next-level risk management, compliance, and controls to grow your business value

Are you aware of the critical risks that can disrupt your organization? Is your organization fully resilient and equipped with the right risk management, compliance, and controls tools? Where do you start?

Protiviti is partnering with SAP for session two in this webcast series to discuss how your organization can Improve Resilience While Managing Risk, Compliance, and Controls.

Tuesday, September 28 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Part 2: Improve Resilience While Managing Risk and Compliance




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Demand Planning with SAP Analytics Cloud for the Consumer Products Industry

Consumer products companies face many significant challenges. As markets and supply chains continue to become more global, and as customers continue to demand more convenience and personalization from consumer products companies, we see increased pressure to improve shrinking margins and meet customers’ evolving needs. One of the key processes that enables this balance is demand planning, which determines the anticipated demand for a company’s products and services. The demand planning process is linked to annual operating and financial planning processes and when done right, it helps provide the plan and flexibility to better leverage the supply chain, meet customer needs and ensure that the right product is available in the right sales channel at the right time.

Four Steps to Keeping SAP's Financial Process Compliant: Step 1

Protiviti has identified four key steps that organizations can take to improve their overall control environment and receive the benefits mentioned below. Each of these steps will be a focus in this four-part blog series.

Too many organizations perform their financial and operational processes using inefficient manual controls, paper-based approvals and labor-intensive reviews of large volumes of data. This often happens because not all relevant SAP automated controls were correctly set up or considered when the system was initially designed and implemented.

Four Steps to Keeping SAP's Financial Process Compliant: Step 2

In this post, we review optimizing the internal control framework, why it is important, and a case study of defining a controls framework at a national high tech and consumer products company.

Protiviti’s four steps to improving the SAP control environment:

1. Analyze configuration and processes – Identify and gain an understanding of the ERP ecosystem landscape (e.g., SAP instances and versions, Ariba, Concur, etc.), the business processes that utilize SAP, and their current control environment (e.g., manual controls, automated controls, key system-based reports, etc.).

2. Optimize internal control framework – Optimize and formalize the controls based on the results of the organization’s controls assessment.

3. Implement internal control governance processes – Implement governance processes for control ownership and management to keep controls updated and consistent.

4. Enable intelligent SAP control automation – Map automated control configuration opportunities to the identified control strengths, gaps and improvements as indicated in the steps discussed in this blog.




Protiviti's Extended Planning & Analysis Accelerator

With Protiviti's extended Planning & Analysis (xP&A) Accelerator, you can quickly integrate a collaborative cloud-based planning and reporting solution into your Financial, Planning & Analytics environment. Check out the video to learn more about this solution offering and how it improves the user experience.




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