Vodafone Selects Datawatch To Provide World-Wide Business Insight Solution Provides Internal Audit Team with a Consolidated View of Financial, Operational and Customer Transactions from Multiple Disparate Systems
CHELMSFORD, Mass. and LONDON, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH), the leading global provider of visual data discovery solutions, today announced that Vodafone has deployed Datawatch as part of a suite of tools to provide a validated, company-wide view of business transactions that will enable the Internal Audit Team to quickly spot anomalous issues and minimize risk.
The Internal Audit (IA) Team, comprising some 115 staff across the organization, is mandated to provide independent insight and assurance over risk across financial and operational processes company-wide. The implementation is being facilitated through the Finance Shared Service Centers ("SSC") which constitute a central resource that supports core financial operations world-wide. The initial project will cover 6 to 10 countries and will ultimately expand to encompass all remaining global operations.
"Our primary focus and core reason for bringing Datawatch on-board was to gain access to our unstructured and semi-structured data from across the global enterprise," states Paul Webster, head of audit, Technology at Vodafone. "The new analytic tools, which will now include data from PDFs, Excel spreadsheets and multiple diverse reports, will give the Internal Audit Department unprecedented access to huge volumes of data."
The Datawatch solution is being deployed initially to import vital data from SAP-generated reports produced by the single SAP instance supporting the global SSC in Hungary. All this data, together with the unstructured and semi-structured data from operational systems across the globe, can be consolidated into a validated, single information source for interactive drill-down analysis and audit. Datawatch's unique ability to extract the information in these hard-to-read formats will give the Internal Audit team the ability to import data from a wide variety of disparate systems such as CRM, billing, stock control, stores, networks, IT and marketing. In addition, access to 100% of the data will dramatically improve the coverage, quantification of the risk and eliminate the need for sample testing.
"Whilst Vodafone has standardized on SAP for core financial processes throughout the organization, each operating company has nuances in how they do things. The Datawatch Desktop modelling capability and the Datawatch Server technology will enable us to load, validate and interrogate this data for fast, detailed business insight," adds Webster. "We will be able to test the effectiveness of operational controls, suggest process efficiencies, and ensure risks are being managed effectively – providing us with a market-leading, best-in-class solution."
"Also, with the recent purchase of Panopticon, the Datawatch solutions now encompass powerful data visualization tools which will give us direct access into our disparate systems and avoid the need for costly infrastructure outlay. We are actively looking to see how we can integrate this capability into our global strategy."
"This is a major innovation for Vodafone and Internal Audit in particular, as it brings automated, IT-independent, total business insight into the audit domain. Their watchword of 'Doing More with Data' is most certainly being proven," said Haj Muntz, general manager for Datawatch EMEA. "The intelligence that the IA Team will now be able to offer into the wider business is unparalleled."
Vodafone is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies with approximately 409 million customers in its controlled and jointly controlled markets as of 30 June 2013. Vodafone has equity interests in telecommunications operations in nearly 30 countries and around 50 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com.
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