As compliance with regulatory requirements such as the US Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) is becoming mandatory in today’s competitive business environment, Sam Bonanno, Infrastructure Production Manager, needed to find a solution to address his company’s needs.
Heinz is a large multinational company that is audited extensively for SOX compliance, and they needed to determine which solution was a ‘best fit’ for their environment to ensure that their BPCS and other mission critical files are audited to comply with regulatory guidelines.
The requirements for their selection process included:
After researching the solutions available to him, Bonanno favored Syncsort’s Assure Monitoring and Reporting solution as it contained many features that were of interest to him.
Those features of interest included:
Using the IBM i journaling functionality to record database changes, Assure Monitoring and Reporting allows companies to meet regulatory compliance by detecting fraudulent activity through the easy generation of accurate, relevant, and readable reports on database and system activity. IBM i journals are the only accepted audit source for the majority of regulatory standards. Easily scalable and with minimum impact on system performance, Assure Monitoring and Reporting can be used by companies of all sizes and is fully compatible with all the most commonly used ERP systems on the IBM i.
Assure Monitoring and Reporting’s database auditing was first implemented on a test system, and after Bonanno was satisfied that it was functioning as expected, it was also implemented into their production environments. “It easily met all of our requirements (and exceeded them), was simple for us to install using both local and international support, and the implementation was completed within the scheduled timeframe. It has also proven to be a cost-effective solution for our entire (i.e. 5 LPARs) iSeries environment,” Bonanno said.
After extensive use of the solution, it was determined it had virtually no impact on their overall System i performance. Since the initial implementation, a new GUI has been made available to further simplify the development of additional reports. Bonanno has expressed his satisfaction with Assure Monitoring and Reporting as it has addressed all of the requirements that he needed to address in a cost-effective manner.