SOURCE: OpenPages

October 26, 2005 08:00 ET

Second Annual OpenPages User Symposium Showcases Best Practices in Governance, Risk and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Management

Sold Out Conference Begins Today and Features Industry Experts and OpenPages Product Previews

WALTHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 26, 2005 -- OpenPages, the leading provider of enterprise governance, risk and compliance management (GRCM) solutions, today opened its second annual user conference, the OpenPages User Symposium (OPUS II). Sold out, the conference has tripled in size compared to last year's event, underscoring the continued importance for transforming Sarbanes-Oxley from a costly corporate requirement, to a proactive, beneficial initiative on the road to the Well-Governed Enterprise. The three-day event at the Boston Harbor Hotel includes more than 125 customer and partner attendees from the world's largest corporations.

With the majority of OpenPages' customer base in attendance, OPUS II serves as a forum to share ideas and best practices in the areas of enterprise governance, risk and compliance management. The conference agenda includes customer case studies, peer-networking sessions, best practices forums, technical training and instruction, and the annual meeting of OpenForum, the OpenPages User Group. The conference will be highlighted by a preview of SOX Express 4.0 and the introduction of OPtimum ORM, OpenPages' forthcoming solution for operational risk management.

"OpenPages customers represent the leading authorities in the areas of governance, risk and compliance. OPUS II is a forum where our customers look to add to and share their Sarbanes-Oxley compliance expertise to develop best practices for efficient, sustainable compliance in Year Three," said Michael J. Duffy, president and CEO of OpenPages. "OpenForum, the OpenPages user group, is leading the charge in building a bridge to connect OpenPages customers with their peers to ensure their mutual success, while providing newer customers invaluable expertise as they embark on their own GRCM initiatives."

OPUS II connects a significant cross-section of OpenPages' Global 2000 customers, industry experts and analysts, and leading technology providers, in providing an opportunity to learn how companies are successfully meeting their governance, risk and compliance goals today, while planning for tomorrow's requirements. Presentations and discussions will be led by OpenPages customers and executives, while recognized experts in Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and risk management will offer their expertise to attendees. Featured presenters at the conference include keynote speaker Lee Dittmar, Principal, Deloitte; IT Risk Management expert, Dr. George Westerman of MIT; Enterprise Risk Management Expert, James Lam of James Lam & Associates; and John Hagerty, Vice President for Governance, Compliance, and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) initiatives at AMR Research.

Leading technology providers and OpenPages partners ACL Services, Oversight Systems, Greenlight Technologies and Virsa Systems will lead a panel discussion on the power of automating internal controls. Entering Year Three of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance will be a hot topic for many case studies and customer presentations. Attendees will discuss how companies can further their compliance efforts to improve global business operations, refine best practices for defining a successful repeatable and sustainable compliance practice, and evolve Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts into a broader strategy for operational risk management.

OpenPages SOX Express is an enterprise compliance management solution that reduces the time and resource costs associated with ongoing compliance for Sections 302 and 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. SOX Express combines powerful document management, business process management and flexible reporting capabilities in an extremely easy-to-use environment that enables an organization to document financial controls and automate the ongoing test and review process. Completely web-based, SOX Express maximizes end-user participation with little training. Its dashboards can be used by project managers, documentation team members, internal auditors and external auditors to plan, document and test the internal controls framework of the company, and to attest to the financial statements.

For more information on OpenPages' line of enterprise governance, risk and compliance management solutions, please call 781-693-5999 or visit

About OpenPages

Founded in 1996, OpenPages is the leading provider of enterprise governance, risk and compliance management (GRCM) software solutions. OpenPages' solutions streamline knowledge-intensive processes to improve corporate accountability, reduce disclosure process cost, enhance internal controls management productivity, and increase investor confidence. The company's portfolio of solutions includes SOX Express, the market-leading enterprise application for automating the compliance requirements of Sections 404 and 302 of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and OPtimum ORM, an enterprise risk management software solution that enables entities to identify, analyze and manage operational risk on an integrated, company-wide basis. The world's largest corporations in diverse markets -- including financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, media/entertainment, retail/consumer, energy, high technology, health services and life sciences -- rely on OpenPages for cost-effective, efficient, sustainable governance, risk and compliance management. The company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, with international headquarters in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, and regional offices throughout North America.

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