Moving to SAP S/4HANA? Avoid these common audit issues

Although transformative to businesses, SAP S/4HANA implementations have revealed some common, audit-relevant issues that could create risks for organizations.  Because much of the focus of these implementations (and upgrades) is on ensuring that business functionality is enabled and the system goes live quickly, controls and security considerations are often neglected, or severely under-scoped.  Implementation issues, from lack of requirements traceability to poor assumptions about implementer responsibilities, can easily be avoided with knowledge and planning. Join RSM partners Steve Biskie and Kari Sklenka-Gorden – each of whom have been involved in more than a dozen SAP S/4HANA projects – for some real-world tips and tricks on avoiding the worst and preparing for the best.

Attend this session to:

  • Learn the risk themes that seem consistent across organizations and implementation partners
  • Understand proven strategies for identifying and mitigating these risks
  • Build a case for creating proper enterprise-wide data governance
  • Hear how functional testing can fail to confirm controls are working, and when an organization might want to re-think existing control settings
  • Learn how to document control decisions for auditability


Steve Biskie RSM
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Steve Biskie is a Director at RSM, where he leads the Center of Excellence for Risk Analytics & Automation and is one of RSM's SAP Champions. He has over 25 years of experience spanning all 3 Lines of Defense, and specializes in transforming inefficient and outdated processes and technologies to optimize GRC and audit performance. He has helped organizations from the middle-market to the Fortune 100 implement high-value, sustainable analytics and continuous monitoring programs. He has a passion for using technology to automate mundane, time-consuming tasks to allow organizations to re-focus attention on high-value, thoughtful, and data-informed analysis. Steve is a published author, an internationally-recognized speaker on risk and compliance-related topics, and a six-time IIA All-Star Speaker. He is the author of Surviving an SAP Audit, (SAP Press, 2010), and an expert reviewer for the book Security, Audit, and Control Features: SAP ERP (3rd & 4th Editions). Steve also teaches beginner through advanced SAP auditing courses through the MIS Training Institute, and has traveled to more than 14 countries to share his expertise.