Cisco and SAP Team on Governance, Risk and Compliance

By Paula Musich  |  Posted 2006-09-06

SAP and Cisco Systems on Sept. 6 teamed up to help enterprises more holistically manage governance, risk and compliance.

The two companies announced a joint marketing agreement to help enterprises implement IT controls that span the network through applications in conjunction with governance, risk and compliance business processes.

SAP as a part of the introduction launched SAP for Governance Risk and Compliance Solutions 2.0 with three new applications.

The new applications include a GRC repository, providing a central repository on risk; a new GRC process control suite that ties business processes and events to heterogeneous IT infrastructure; and a new GRC risk management application.

The two companies will collaborate on sales and marketing activities around the GRC offering as well as work together on advanced services.

Cisco and SAP officials touted Ciscos SONA (Service Oriented Network Architecture) and the access and identity intelligence it provides as a key ingredient to a successful GRC deployment.

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Cisco brings to the GRC table capabilities in its Application Oriented Networking, Unified Communications, security, mobility and identity services. Cisco as a part of the agreement will provide network architecture design, implementation and operation services necessary to help SAP GRC users to deploy, operate and optimize their Cisco SONA-based infrastructures.

Toward that end, Cisco will build out tools for systems integrators and customers to help ease integration with the GRC repository. "We will map tools and services to support different configurations for GRC," said a Cisco official in a press conference Sept. 6.

The three new SAP applications are due in the fourth quarter.

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