SAP and Novell Expand Global Partnership

Originally published 13 October 2009

Novell, Inc. and SAP AG recently announced the expansion of their existing global partnership to include the delivery of integrated governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) solutions. The companies are cooperating on product integration and planning to collaborate on joint go-to-market activities and alignment of strategic direction related to GRC solutions. This includes integration of GRC solutions from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio with Novell security and identity products, as well as plans for joint marketing and selling of the integrated solutions to joint customers.

The combination of GRC offerings from SAP and Novell - currently available and planned - will bridge the gap between business processes and IT security and controls. Together, SAP and Novell deliver to customers agility, transparency and accountability with a combined GRC offering that is unmatched in its support of end-to-end business processes and IT environments, providing quick time-to-value with certified integration and targeted solution offerings. The result is reduced risk, lower costs and improved business performance. The announcement was made at SAP TechEd 2009, SAP's largest ecosystem education event, being held October 13-16 in Phoenix, Arizona.

"As a highly-ranked global airline, we must meet strict safety requirements in order to demonstrate regulatory compliance," said Peter Brueggemann, director, IT Technologie, and Chief Security Officer, Deutsche Lufthansa AG. "We are pleased that Novell is collaborating with SAP so that we can streamline the management of security and compliance policies across our SAP and non-SAP environments. This partnership provides to us a secure way to grant employees and partners access to our enterprise systems while also reducing our risk exposure."

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