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Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting Suite

The long-serving Lotus Notes application as an internal control system for accounting was no longer future-proof for ABB: the synchronization of the information accruing worldwide was complex and the reporting did not sufficiently meet the increasing requirements. 1stQuad was able to implement a completely new, web-based tool, which meets the highest demands on security and traceability and significantly facilitates financial reporting with an attractive interface.

ABB Information Systems

ABB Ltd is a Swedish-Swiss power and automation technology group headquartered in Zurich, which was created in 1988 from the merger of the Swedish ASEA and the Swiss BBC. The group is active worldwide and employs about 147,000 people in 100 countries.


Internal control system for financial reporting


Due to the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX) introduced in 2002, de facto every company operating worldwide must guarantee the accuracy and completeness of its published financial data. For example, the annual report must contain an assessment of the internal control system for financial reporting. Related processes must be fully documented and internal controls must be verifiably guaranteed.


From a complex Lotus Notes solution …

ABB had long handled the issue of “Internal Control over Financial Reporting” with the help of a complex Lotus Notes solution. In search of a future-proof new solution 1stQuad was assigned to evaluate a suitable platform. Among the systems already existing in the company none seemed to meet the requirements – the choice finally fell on the FAST Framework. 1stQuad was allowed to assist ABB with platform consulting, development, implementation and operational support throughout the entire project.

… to a modern application suite


The result is a comprehensive application suite that meets the very high security and traceability requirements and takes into account the complex, frequently changing organizational and functional structures of the Group. A core aspect is the integration with the master data of the numerous company units, positions involved and stakeholders: Flexible, stringent access management is one of the most important elements of the solution.


FAST Framework enables the quantum leap


For ABB, the new tool represents a technological quantum leap. An attractive interface with clear dashboards with live charts and KPIs, comprehensive reporting functions and several consolidation levels support the financial reporting process worldwide. The effort required for financial reporting has been greatly reduced, synchronization problems no longer occur, and as a web application the tool does not require extensive client installation.

For me 1stQuad is more than a technology supplier with a modern application framework. As a moderator for change and a competent sparring partner, our ideas, requirements and processes in all areas are continuously questioned, supplemented and improved.

Felix Meyer, Business Engagement Manager

ABB Information Systems Ltd

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