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Governance, Risk, and Compliance Handbook for Oracle Applications

By : Nigel King, Adil R Khan, Adil Khan
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Governance, Risk, and Compliance Handbook for Oracle Applications

By: Nigel King, Adil R Khan, Adil Khan

Overview of this book

It seems that every year since the Enron collapse there has been a fresh debacle that refuses to lower the spotlight from corporate Governance, Risk, and Compliance management.Before Sarbanes Oxely forced company managers to become risk conscious, if you asked a chief executive whether he thought he had adequate internal controls, the most likely answer would have been "What is an internal control?" This is clearly no longer the case. Every week some story breaks detailing a lack of good governance, a failure to plan for a foreseeable catastrophe or a failure to comply with an important law or regulation. These stories bring GRC themes into public view, and public scrutiny, and make management and directors keen to show they have put their best efforts forward to govern their companies well, manage risks to the enterprise, and to comply with all applicable laws.Perhaps only Oracle and SAP are in a position to really address all three aspects. The mission of GRC applications is to ensure that the managers and directors of Enterprises that run such applications have a strong defensible position. Written by industry experts with more than 30 years combined experience, this book covers the Governance, Risk Management and Compliance Management of a large modern enterprise and how the IT Infrastructure, in particular the Oracle IT Infrastructure, can assist in that governance. This book is not an implementation guide for GRC products rather it shows you how those products participate in the governance process, how they introduce or mitigate risk, and how they can be brought into compliance with best practice, as well as applicable laws and regulations.The book is divided into three major sections:Governance ñ where we discuss the strategic management of the enterprise, setting plans for managers, making disclosures to investors, and ensuring that the board knows that the enterprise is meeting its goals and staying within its policies.Risk Management ñ where we discuss audit disciplines. This is where we work out what can go wrong, document what we have to do to prevent it from going wrong and check that what we think prevents it going wrong - actually works! We move through the various sub-disciplines within the audit profession and show what tools are best suited from within the Oracle family to assist.Compliance Management ñ where we map the tools and facilities that we have discovered in the first two sections to frameworks and legislations. We give this from an industry and geography agnostic viewpoint, and then drill into some specific industries and countries.We neither stay in the narrow definition of GRC applications, nor limit ourselves to the Business Applications but take you to the most appropriate places in the full Oracle footprint. The book is written from the perspective of big GRC. It is not an implementation manual for the GRC products, although we hope you can get the best out of the GRC products after reading this book. We discuss many applications and technology products that are not in the GRC product family.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Governance, Risk, and Compliance Handbook for Oracle Applications
Credits
Foreword
About the Authors
Acknowledgement
About the Authors
Acknowledgement
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface

Foreword

Governance is nothing less than running a company well, and Oracle has proved itself a well-run company for over 30 years. It has found the need to provide the management team and directors many tools and facilities to plot course and help guide this huge enterprise. Though we steer through many storms, the risks are known, the course is plotted, the equipment is lashed to the decks, or properly stowed. The crew is prepared to sheet or drop sail.

These are the same tools that we make available to our customers, and while I have jokingly drawn the parallels to a sport with some connections to Oracle, the governance of an enterprise is a very broad and serious topic. What Nigel and Adil have shown in this book is just how broad it is and how many facets of Governance, Risk, and Compliance are handled through those tools. We have great tools that specialize in GRC and we have many other tools that intersect with it.

Just like the winds and the seas, the commercial, legal, and technological environment and the tools that we provide to help you manage them are varied and changing. This book gives you a great map on which you can chart your GRC journey, both present and near future. It is a journey that we are honored to share with you, as one of the many customers that has entrusted Oracle to provide the vessel and seamanship.

Chris Leone

Senior Vice President, HCM and GRC Products,

Oracle Corporation