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EquaTerra's Governance Workplace(TM) Now Available as Software as a Service Solution to Automate Service Provider Management, Oversight of Back-Office Processes

EquaTerra's Governance Workplace(TM) Now Available as Software as a Service Solution to Automate Service Provider Management, Ov

EquaTerra today announced that its Governance WorkPlaceTM tool, which automates the management of multiple service providers and enables informed decision-making in support of back-office processes in both shared services and outsourced environments, is now available as a hosted, Software as a Service (SaaS) solution. The first hosted client implementation was completed on time and on budget, and has been operational since mid-February, 2008.

By utilizing Governance WorkPlace in a hosted environment, private and public sector organizations gain significant advantages including:

  • Increased affordability; as there is no upfront capital expenditure, the monthly fees can be paid out of operating budgets
  • No need for extensive internal IT support, or architectural approval
  • Built on a scalable, Microsoft business intelligence platform

EquaTerra noted that Governance WorkPlace is also available via a perpetual software license for those organizations that prefer to host their own governance solution.

Said Mike Beals, EquaTerra’s Managing Director for Governance Technologies, “Via an enterprise-wide dashboard-type interface, Governance WorkPlace helps organizations ‘cross the finish line’ in most transformation initiatives by delivering what EquaTerra has identified as the 29 governance best practice processes across six critical areas: service quality and program management, issue management, consumption management, commercial management, compliance management and communication management. The additional operational efficiency will typically reduce costs by two to five percent of the annual outsourcing contract value.”

According to Kent Burkhardsmeier, U.S. Outsourcing and Governance Specialist at Microsoft Corp., “EquaTerra’s Governance WorkPlace is a wonderful example of how customers can obtain greater business value through a software plus services approach that blends Microsoft’s familiar software and hosted governance toolset. Delivering Governance WorkPlace as a pay-as-you-go subscription offering enables EquaTerra to offer a highly scalable and flexible model for shared services and outsourcing governance.”

Beyond the over-arching benefits noted above, Fortune 500 Governance WorkPlace users have commented that features they particularly value include its automated workflow capabilities and integration with Microsoft Office Outlook.

To access a narrated Governance WorkPlace PowerPoint presentation, please go to: http://www.equaterra.com/gwp/GWP%20Intro%20Final.html.

About Governance Workplace

Governance WorkPlace enables organizations to more efficiently and effectively govern and manage the performance of their internal business processes, such as HR, IT, Procurement and Finance & Accounting. Governance WorkPlace doesn’t replace other business process intelligence and outsourcing management tools. Rather, it provides an enterprise-wide view with plug-ins to a wide range of these tools to ensure that companies are taking full advantage of existing technology investments. The tool provides EquaTerra’s outsourcing governance processes and methodologies on a Microsoft platform to enable organizations to view the current status of each business process, and measure and manage service provider performance. For more details on Governance WorkPlace, please go to: www.governanceworkplace.com, or contact Mike Beals at: [email protected]; +1 404.915.4022.

About EquaTerra

EquaTerra sourcing advisors help clients achieve sustainable value in their IT and business processes. Our advisors average more than 20 years of industry experience and have supported over 2000 transformation and outsourcing projects across more than 60 countries. Supporting clients throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, we have deep functional knowledge in Finance and Accounting, HR, IT, Procurement and other critical business processes. EquaTerra helps clients achieve significant cost savings and process improvement with internal transformation, shared services and outsourcing solutions. For more information, please contact Lee Ann Moore at +1 713.669.9292; [email protected]; www.equaterra.com.

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