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November 15, 2007
Improving Operational Efficiencies to Address SOX Compliance

- Gary Simon, Group Publisher of Financial Systems News (FSN) and Managing Director of FSN Newswire  Learn More
- Todd Tueller, Managing Partner, IBM Risk Management Practice  
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- Ben Reddall, Solutions Architect, Cognos  Learn More

Improving Operational Efficiencies to Address SOX Compliance

Stricter regulatory standards require better corporate governance. With the introduction of new Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) section 404 requirements, Finance organizations--now more than ever--need the flexibility to adapt to business and regulatory changes in real time. The key is having processes and systems that can reduce close cycle times as they provide the transparency essential for sustained compliance. And while the demands from both management and regulators have never been greater, many companies are equally focused on using technology to improve core finance processes and sharpen their view of business performance. Cognos offers a suite of applications that provides enterprises with the tools to manage all phases of corporate performance management and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Controllers, CFOs and CIOs should attend this session to learn how many of the world's most savvy companies apply technology-enabled best practices to automate the close process, provide faster access to key financial results, leverage existing IT investments, and reduce risk.


  • Controllers
  • CFO's
  • CIO's
  • VP's, Directors and Managers of Finance, Corporate Governance, Compliance, IT
Gary Simon, Group Publisher of Financial Systems News (FSN) and Managing Director of FSN Newswire 

Gary Simon, Group Publisher of FSN and Managing Editor of FSN Newswire, is a graduate of London University, a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the British Computer Society with more than 23 years experience of implementing management and financial reporting systems. Formerly a partner in Deloitte for more than 16 years, he has led some of the most complex financial reporting and information management assignments for global enterprises in the private and public sector. His latest book, “Fast Close to the Max®” is now available from FSN Publishing Limited.

Todd Tueller, Managing Partner, IBM Risk Management Practice  

Todd Tueller is a partner in IBM’s Global Business Services Practice and is the leader of IBM’s Global Business Risk Management Practice within the IBM’s Financial Management (FM) service line.  Financial Management consists of 6,000 consultants world-wide providing strategy, systems and process assistance to CFOs and finance organizations across all industries...

Prior to joining IBM, Todd was a co-founding partner and Managing Director of Protiviti, a Risk Management Firm specializing in Business Risk, Technology Risk, and Internal Audit.  During his tenure, Protiviti grew from a U.S. based $20 million company to a $500 million global business.  Todd served as a member of Protiviti’s Technology Risk Leadership team and chaired its leading edge Risk Management “Think Tank”.  In these roles, he was responsible for developing the business strategy, expanding market awareness, building go-to-market solutions and capabilities, and developing new partner channels for growth.

A former partner in a Big 5 firm, Todd also brings 20+ years of  experience and leadership in Internal Audit, External Audit, Process re-engineering, SAP and Oracle integration, and Advanced Technology development and deployment.  He has worked across a variety of key industries in his career including Consumer Products, Pharmaceutical, Health Care, Retail, High Technology, Bio Technology, and Manufacturing.

Mr. Tueller holds a BS degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University.  He is also a is also a C.P.A and member of the AICPA.

Ben Reddall, Solutions Architect, Cognos

Ben Reddall has worked in the Software industry for over 10 years focusing specifically in the area of Financial Consolidation and Reporting, he started his career in the UK as a consultant for Frango working with many global organizations on the successful implementation of a consolidation tool for both Statutory and internal reporting requirements.  After the acquisition of Frango by Cognos in October 2004 Ben moved to the USA to help drive the success of Cognos Controller in the US market.


Cognos is the world leader in business intelligence (BI) and performance management solutions. We provide world-class enterprise BI, planning and consolidation software and services to help companies plan, understand and manage financial and operational performance.

Cognos brings together technology, analytical applications, best practices, and a broad network of partners to give our customers a complete performance solution. We provide an open and adaptive solution that leverages an organization's ERP, packaged applications, and database investments.

We give customers the ability to answer the questions -- How are we doing? Why are we on or off track? What should we do about it? - and enable them to understand and monitor current performance while planning future business strategies.

Cognos serves more than 23,000 customers in more than 135 countries. Our solutions and services are also available from more than 3,000 worldwide partners and resellers.

Additional information about Cognos is available at: http://www.cognos.com/compliance/index.html

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