GRC 10.0/10.1 Process Control: Policy Management, Policy Types

Sorry SAP, but I think that “Policy Management” is a bit of a misnomenclature.

You see policy management is for so much more than just policies. In fact, there is a whole configuration dedicated to “policy types,” which simply means any piece of information in your organization that requires a formal process for life-cycle management. Policy management involves specifying, updating, publishing, maintaining, communicating and enforcing “policies as” well as measuring their compliance.

Policy management gives you the ability to attribute different policies (ie. a work instruction) to a specific organization structure, business process and activity. For example, you can assign work instructions for a new piece of machinery to a specific warehouse and business process. Users can be notified to read the work instructions and take a related quiz to ensure that they have read and understand the policy. Furthermore, policy management integrates well with other master data elements within GRC Process Control as policies can be tied to risks and controls and ad hoc issues relating to policies can also be raised.


Just a little tidbit to wet your whistle on this April Tuesday.

In other news, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME. I’m officially a quarter-century old and it feels really great. Wishing the happiest of days to my birthday twins: Twin-Bro Todd and BFF Birne.

Celebrate? Don’t mind if I do.




“Sorry ladies, but my dad is officially off the market.”

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I know we keep meeting like this, but exciting things have been happening over here so you got to keep up! Yes, you heard it here first, JOSH AND I ARE ENGAGED. Don’t expect any big photo montage/blog post reliving the details though… my fingers are still tired from last week’s post.

We are on cloud nine, but I promise not to turn this into a wedding blog.

Love from the Bride,



ERP in the 21st Century: How the technology boom is changing the face of SAP

Our world is at an inflection point.

    • 5 billion people are becoming the middle class
    • There are more than 1 billion network users
    • There are approximately 15 billion web-enabled devices
    • Data is doubling every 18 months

Believe it or not, there are more mobile devices than people. If you are looking for a career in technology, you’ve come to the right place. There’s no better time than the present. ERP is not lost in the burgeoning technology market… Over the past 40 years, SAP has been incredibly successful in solving complex business problems for companies and governments. As proud as we are of our past, we must focus on the future and address the new reality.

The world is changing, but it is making SAP more relevant than ever.

Customer priorities and requirements are shifting, as businesses expect more innovations and better solutions delivered in a very different way.

  • IT purchasing decisions are sifting from the CIO to the line of business
  • Customers and business users want access to information and applications anytime and anywhere, with real-time connectivity and consumer-grade usability
  • We will need to focus on the “segment of one” to address these new needs
  • SAP’s expertise in resource management and ERP means that we are best positioned to provide a new category of solutions to solve the business problems of the future, and new thinking must start now.

Our industry is also changing.

  • Major players are increasingly consolidating while niche players are innovating at a rapid pace.
  • We are in the middle of a once-in-a-generation technology shift – mobile, cloud, big data, social, and collaboration are all innovative technologies reaching maturity at the same time.
  • Connectivity, exponential data growth, a desire to better communicate with consumers means that customers are ready to adopt innovations – we need to embed these in our product portfolio to drive business value

If you read Tanya Duncan’s post earlier this week, you probably already know that our careers started out very differently. She transitioned from a position in the industry into her current role as a consultant, while I began my career as an SAP consultant directly out of college. As most of my readers already know, I kind of fell into SAP… I always had an inkling that I wanted to be a consultant, as working with people from all walks of life is something that has always appealed to me (besides the fact that I can literally talk to a brick wall) and I knew that I would quickly lose interest if I chose a career in which I sat in a cubicle all day doing the same tasks a hundred times over. If you would have told me three years ago that I would have a thriving consulting career, I would have believed you, but if you told me three years ago that I would have a thriving career in COMPUTER SOFTWARE CONSULTING, I would have laughed in your face as I stalked off shouting, “You gotta be kidding me, I can barely turn on my computer.” Isn’t it funny how things change?

Don’t miss the Consulting vs. Industry Q&A Webinar where Tanya Duncan and I will compare and contrast SAP careers in consulting vs. industry positions. This will be an interactive Q&A session where you can ask about our experiences and advice. Reserve your place now!

The webinar will take place Friday, May 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST. We will accept questions in advance, in addition to live questions. Please leave a comment in response to the blog post with your questions or email

Happy Friday!


Walking in Amberley

Disclaimer: I rarely publish posts that are purely personal in nature. I often find it a difficult balance to focus on my career and my experiences as a young professional, while simultaneously using this blog as a way to document the little (and not so little) things  that might very well make these years, the best years of my life. So although I typically like to keep my personal life “mini-skirt length” on the blog… long enough to cover the details, but short enough to keep it interesting, I couldn’t help myself this time… Enjoy!

Back in December, Jeremy (Josh’s future brother in law) came to us in confidence with the beginnings of an idea for a proposal. A little background… Jeremy (henceforth referred to as the groom) and Rachel, Josh’s sister (henceforth referred to as the bride), have known eachother for the better part of their lives. The pair met 20ish years ago at a family wedding, where they walked down the aisle hand-in-hand, he as a junior groomsman and her as a junior bridesmaid. The wedding was held in the backyard of the house where Josh’s grandmother had raised Josh’s mom, aunt and uncles and where he and his sisters used to spend their summers playing in the sprawling lawn. Needless to say, the house holds many memories for the bride’s family.

Fast forward 20 years, and the pair is reintroduced to one another through Jeremy’s aunt. 4 years, 18 family wedding photos and 6 dozen bouquets of roses and tulips later, the groom is down on one knee. The proposal story is best told in pictures.


It's happening! It's really happening!

It’s happening! It’s really happening!


The driveway and path to the backyard was lined with old family photos and flowers.



Walking up the driveway. She still had no idea!



And Rachel is crying! SUCCESS!!!!


20 years prior, walking hand-in-hand down the aisle.


The bride and groom were surrounded by 3 generations as he got down on one knee!


15 minute monologue from the groom ensues!





Thanks to the groom for including us on such a special day. Looking forward to taking part in the upcoming festivities. Currently auditioning for the role of flower girl!!! I LOOK FAB IN PASTELS.

Wishing all my readers a spring season surrounded by loved ones, blossoming buds and plenty of happy memories.



P.S. In other news, happy belated birthday baby Bailey Michaela. I’ll spare you the paparazzi and keep your picture off the blog (for now…).

P.P.S. In other, other news— I’m having a 25th birthday party this Saturday and you’re all invited!! Seriously, no seriously.



itelligence Annual Report

This year is itelligence’s 25th birthday! I know I know, she doesn’t look a day over 23, but it’s true! The annual report was published just last week and the international executive team sought to feature an employee who was born the same year the company was founded….. that’s where yours truly comes in! I’m just 15 days shy of 25, but I also don’t look a day over 23!


Check out the feature on pages 14 &15!

itelligence Annual Report 2013


Happy Reading,