SAP Japan Releases New Products in Japanese Market to Support Compliance with “Japanese SOX Legislation”

New compliance software developed for Japanese market, using products from US-based Virsa Systems

TokyoSAP Japan Co., Ltd. on October 25, 2005 announced the company will begin offering SAP Compliance Calibrator by Virsa Systems (“SAP CC”) effective immediately, in order to enhance SAP Japan’s compliance solutions.

To businesses today, compliance is an issue of extremely high priority because by implementing compliance in optimal ways, businesses can enhance their corporate value. SAP Japan, by providing a comprehensive tool-set that integrates mySAP ERP and SAP CC, will support companies considering compliance with “Japanese SOX legislation.”

To date, SAP Japan has offered internal administration solutions centered around mySAP ERP, which provides various authorization management capabilities. However, there has been a tendency for authorization settings to be user-dependent. By integrating mySAP ERP with SAP CC, it is possible to automatically check whether authorization settings are optimal in preventing unauthorized transactions. In this way, SAP CC supplements and reinforces the internal administration and compliance functionalities of mySAP ERP, not only achieving high levels of security and management, but also implementing a real-time, ongoing compliance solution. SAP CC, which was developed by Virsa Systems (“Virsa”), based in Fremont, California, will now be offered as an additional solution for use with mySAP ERP. Virsa has been an SAP partner for the last six years.

To comply with SOX legislation, businesses need to construct systems for reporting and attesting to the adequacy of their internal administration. In general, the construction of such systems involves the processes of “defining the scope of administration,” “documentation,” “design evaluation,” and “operational evaluation.” Once an internal administration system has been constructed, operational evaluation, process automation, and improved efficiency are essential in order to ensure its sustained operation at a low cost. SAP CC shortens the evaluation cycle, and enables risks associated with internal administration to be ascertained in advance, by generating rules for segregation of user authorization and identifying settings that conflict with the rules. In addition, SAP CC enables the auditing process to be improved and streamlined. It supplements the comprehensive compliance functionalities of mySAP ERP, which enables the management of internal administration projects overall, including documentation, as well as the monitoring of administration risks and issues for each business process.

SAP CC, which meets the requirements of SOX legislation, enables sustainable compliance and outstanding IT governance while also reducing costs. SAP Japan and Virsa provide a solution that systematically rectifies and prevents situations where businesses face the risk of internal improprieties and inadequate IT governance.

For SAP CC, sales and support are handled directly by SAP Japan. SAP CC can be installed on current hardware where SAP software is installed, and integrates with the security capabilities provided by mySAP ERP and other SAP solutions.

About Virsa Systems

Founded in 1996, Virsa Systems, Inc., is the global leader in cross-enterprise compliance solutions. Virsa provides the only solutions that monitor and enforce business controls in real-time across enterprise systems—including solutions from SAP, Oracle, and PeopleSoft, as well as custom and legacy applications—allowing organizations to maintain continuous and preventive compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, Graham-Leach-Bliley, and other regulations worldwide. Virsa’s automated solutions enable organizations to dramatically lower the cost of compliance, reduce risk, limit exposure, and increase the efficiency of key business processes. Virsa has the largest installed base in the continuous compliance industry. The company is privately funded with venture investment from SAP Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Virsa offices are located in theUnited States, Europe and India. For more information go to www.virsa.com

About SAP Japan

SAP Japan, established in 1992, is the Japanese subsidiary of SAP AG, the world’s leading company in the enterprise software field. SAP provides various solutions that enable configuration for enterprise resource planning (ERP), supplier relationship management (SRM), supply chain management (SCM), customer relations management (CRM), enterprise portals, and product lifecycle management (PLM). There are already 12 million users of SAP products, at over 28,200 companies in 120 countries worldwide. SAP products integrate all kinds of business processes within and between enterprises, making those processes more efficient. In Japan alone, more than 1,300 corporate groups already utilize SAP products, which are helping to promote the spread of IT among Japanese businesses, as well as enhancing international competitiveness and corporate value. (http://www.sap.com/japan)