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Compliance Exposures in ERP Systems Part 1
This paper examines key issues for CFOs and CEOs in managing ERP systems in the new world of SOX, IFRS, Basle II. While most IT management attention seems to be

t part 1  Exposures in ERP Systems Part 1 Compliance Exposures in ERP Systems, Part 1 If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Founded in 2003, West Trax provides in-depth consulting services to large and mid-size national and international enterprises. Using its extensive subject matter expertise combined with proprietary tools and methodologies it aims to transform the value derived from clients? ERP investments. The company is

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