SOURCE: Eloqua

January 19, 2010 09:00 ET

Eloqua Only Marketing Automation Company to Successfully Complete SAS Type II Audit

Security, Internal Controls, Quality Assurance and Procedures Exceed All Competitors

VIENNA, VA--(Marketwire - January 19, 2010) - Eloqua, the category-defining marketing automation leader today announced it successfully completed its second SAS 70 audit with independent auditors. The successful completion of this SAS 70 Type II audit for 2009 validates Eloqua's position as the safest and most reliable marketing automation provider.

SAS 70 is an internationally recognized auditing standard for service organizations developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). This standard helps companies identify service vendors that comply with rigorous business processes and audit standards.

"We adhere to the most stringent enterprise level standards, period," said Joe Payne, CEO, Eloqua. "This audit proves our commitment to meeting the needs of our 30,000 users through the safekeeping of 13 terabytes of their valued data. New entrants in this market lag considerably in the area of business processes, exposing their clients' sensitive data to risk."

In a recent blog post on TechRepublic entitled "Cloud computing migration issues: what you need to know," author Rick Freedman notes that security is the highest priority when selecting cloud-based services. He writes, "Security is an obvious threshold question; if the cloud is not secure, enterprises won't consider migrating their sensitive data to it, and the conversation is over."

Eloqua maintains a record of zero known security breaches, and the company's data is hosted at Verizon, a SAS 70 Type II audited data center. Eloqua is the only marketing automation provider to boast both SAS 70 audited software platform and be hosted in a SAS 70 audited facility, underscoring its unrivaled commitment to the highest operational standards.

The audit was conducted by SAS 70 Solutions, an independent service auditor. For an audit period of six months, auditors review various types of logged data to ensure consistent adherence to define controls and procedures in the areas of production system operations, product development and quality assurance, human resources policies and practices, management oversight, and monitoring.

About Eloqua

Eloqua is the category-defining marketing automation leader and provider of best practices expertise for marketers around the world. The company's mission is to make its customers the best marketers on earth. Thousands of customers from leading companies such as American Express, Aon, Apple, Fifth Third Bank, Dow Jones, Fidelity, Seagate and Sybase rely on the power of Eloqua to execute, automate and measure programs that generate revenue. Eloqua helps companies read and decode their buyers' Digital Body Language™, thereby improving the quality and quantity of sales leads, increasing marketing effectiveness, and accelerating the selling process. Eloqua is headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, with offices in Toronto, London, Singapore and throughout North America. For more information, please call 866-327-8764 or email demand@eloqua.com.

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