May 29, 2019
How poor Access Management in your information systems can lead to fraud

Information systems fraud is about as high a set of stakes as you can get. Millions of dollars can be lost over time, as some historical examples have shown us. Also, should you be found out of compliance with regulations, resulting legal action from clients and governing bodies can add fees and fines to the financial burden.

Because of this, it is important for all businesses to identify potential pain points for fraud. One of the more surprising areas of opportunity for this is poor access management. Here is how this can play out.

May 15, 2019
Why choose a chatbot platform over a chatbot solution

While most companies are still exploring various chatbot use cases, the technology is entering the next phase. Ready to launch or improve chatbots within your organization? This blog looks at fundamentals like market needs and tool selection. I’ll also explain why it’s so important to go for a platform rather than a simple chatbot solution.

May 15, 2019
Remote monitoring is problematic for multinationals

A multinational’s headquarters can be compared to a lighthouse. Thanks to its revolving beam of light, the lighthouse sees all the company’s branches, but the beam can’t shine in every direction at once. Which is a problem, especially for access management. How can you limit business risks if you lack the tools to constantly monitor thousands of roles and rights?

Apr 2, 2019
How to overcome the burdens of risk and compliance?

Ask yourself the following questions

  • Do you have a complete overview of your controls and do you know what your control objectives are?
  • Do you want to reduce the burden of your control activities?
  • Are you fully informed about which controls are executed by whom, in which timeframe, and where potential issues may arise?
  • Is risk & control management a structural part of all your organisation’s activities? And do you monitor your risks & controls consistently?
  • Are there processes in place that continuously monitor if the corporate policy is truly followed?
  • And are these processes evaluated regularly?

In other words, are you really in control?

Mar 18, 2019
How to control your ERP access configuration

ERP systems are complex IT solutions that support business processes within organisations. Such systems support a large spectrum of configurations and customisation. Within the range of configurations, ERP systems also allow for multiple security configurations which, if not addressed correctly, can cause various business disruptions as well as security leaks, eventually resulting in potential fraud, errors, lack of compliance with regulations and/or process inefficiency.

Mar 15, 2019
How to apply chatbots and Virtual Assistants to your business

The global intelligent virtual assistant market is expected to reach USD 19.6 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 35.4% between 2019 and 2022. As I mentioned in my previous blog, it’s not a matter of if, but when chatbots and Virtual Assistants will transform your business. Given the pace of developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Natural Language Progressing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML), it’s vital to jump on board this high speed train and start with the implementation of intelligent automation across your company.

Mar 12, 2019
The future of controls and identity management

Controls and identity/access management are two areas that are vital to anyone concerned with security at any business level. Gone are the days where complex passwords and two-step authentication were enough to keep data and assets safe.

Mar 4, 2019
KPMG and GRC SaaS solutions

Governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) has become a top executive priority, but many organizations are strug­gling to manage and control risk effectively today. The growing interest in GRC solutions stems mainly from outside forces. Several high-profile data breaches, as well as regulations such as the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), have put pressure on businesses to increase their security measures not only for their own data but also for that of their customers.

Feb 25, 2019
Why KPMG is creating Software as a Service solutions

KPMG Advisory recently introduced various cloud services (Smart Tech Solutions, Sofy) onto the market which are based on the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. IT solutions developed and maintained by KPMG, in collaboration with alliance partners, are offered to clients as subscription-based cloud services. As a professional services firm, KPMG’s entry into the marketplace for off-the-shelf software products by delivering them in a SaaS model is a new concept for us. What’s the rationale behind the introduction of this new business model?

Feb 18, 2019
Actualities in the SaaS world

SaaS (Software as a Service) has rapidly evolved from a new additional concept for different businesses into the gold standard for technology. For example, statistics show that 73% of companies have indicated that nearly all of their apps will be running on SaaS by 2020. The main reason is that SaaS provides financial savings for many businesses, with small and large businesses benefitting the most.

Feb 7, 2019
The five most common chatbot & virtual assistant use cases for business

A professional assistant that gives insight and answers your questions at any time -and always the right time- on sales figures, trends, analyses and/or information on competitor activities may seem too good (or too expensive) to be true. If this were actually reality, it would mean you have all the relevant information to hand at all times. It would put an end to endless searches in network files or SharePoint for the right data, which you have to transform into something meaningful before you can work on it. And if this assistant could also send messages for you, give updates to colleagues and manage your schedule, you'd be guaranteed to work more efficiently.

Dec 21, 2018
How virtual assistants and chatbots are taking over the world and will change your business

The expectations for chatbots and virtual assistants (VA) in combination with Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are extremely high for the coming years. With investments in this industry already topping $24 billion, analysts, trend watchers and other experts are labelling these developments as the 'next best thing'. But what are they exactly? And how can they create value for your organisation? In this blog I explain the basics of chatbots and the different business applications you can use them for.

Mar 6, 2018
Why any Tax Manager should be focusing on data

Have you ever stopped to think what your role as a Tax Manager will look like five years from now? And if you've already formed a picture, does that picture please you? In my case, it does. For the tax industry is becoming more versatile, interesting and more important to any organisation. As a consequence, you will have to become an expert on the opportunities of data and technology.

Feb 7, 2018
Does the modern CFO have a split personality?

Omni-channel, superconvenient and lightning-speed service; the needs of today's customer are clear. Efficiency, productivity and cost-savings; management of organisations more often than not know how to put their agendas into words as well. The modern CFO is charged with the task of meeting all of these requirements. Steady progress in backoffice process automation must be ensured while facilitating innovation at the organisation's front, all at the same time. Is the modern CFO required to have a split personality in order to facilitate this process?