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Archer Technologies

October 20, 2009 11:04 ET

Archer Technologies Certifies 1,000th GRC Professional on Award-Winning Archer SmartSuite Framework

Demand for Archer's Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Solutions Drives 70 Percent Certification Increase in 2009

OVERLAND PARK, KS--(Marketwire - October 20, 2009) - Archer Technologies, a provider of enterprise governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions, today reached a major milestone with the certification of the 1,000th GRC industry professional on its award-winning Archer SmartSuite Framework. Archer's certification program prepares Fortune 1000 clients and top-tier consulting and technology partners to utilize Archer's on-demand GRC platform to automate complex processes, integrate cross-departmental information, reduce duplication of effort, and report activities and results enterprise-wide.

Archer certifications increased 70 percent in the first three quarters of 2009 over the same period last year, a reflection of growing demand for the company's GRC solutions.

"We are seeing explosive demand for our certification program among organizations that rely on the Archer SmartSuite Framework as their platform of choice for GRC process automation," said Adam McDonald, senior vice president of services for Archer. "With 1,000 professionals and consultants certified on our Framework across industries and around the globe, our clients are equipped with expert resources who can rapidly solve business problems through Archer's powerful feature set."

Archer delivers certification training globally, with certified professionals in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Luxembourg, India, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and across the United States. Archer's program consists of four days of classroom training, followed by a fifth day of rigorous hands-on testing. To achieve certification, clients must pass the exam with a score of 85 percent or greater. Consultants must achieve a score of 90 percent or greater.

Archer Certified Consultants

As world-class institutions continue to endorse Archer by joining the company's partner program, certification training becomes an increasingly important element of Archer's partner strategy. Consulting and technology partners must have at least one resource certified, and organizations such as Accenture, Deloitte and Touche, Ernst & Young, Infosys Technologies, KPMG, MSI Systems Integrators, Nova Datacom, Protiviti and Wipro have multiple certified consultants on staff. Additionally, all Archer employees are required to earn the Archer Certified Consultant designation.

"More than ever, organizations need to have a comprehensive and coordinated governance, risk and compliance management approach, and technology plays an important enabling role in effectively balancing risk, cost and value across the enterprise," said Paul Van Kessel, Ernst & Young's global managing partner for IT-GRC services. "Archer's SmartSuite Framework is answering the call as evidenced by the achievement of this milestone."

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About Archer Technologies

Archer Technologies delivers enterprise governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions. With more than six million licensed users and a client list that includes one in four of the Fortune 100, Archer enables companies to manage enterprise risks, demonstrate compliance, automate business processes and gain visibility into corporate risk and security controls.

Archer's out-of-the-box solutions, including Policy, Risk, Compliance, Enterprise, Incident, Vendor, Threat, Business Continuity and Audit Management, are built on the flexible Archer SmartSuite Framework™, allowing clients to tailor the solutions according to their unique requirements. Whether deployed on-premise or via Archer's SaaS model, the Framework has become a go-to GRC platform for many global organizations.

Archer is the only vendor that delivers the Archer E-GRC Ecosystem™ comprised of out-of-the-box solutions, a flexible Framework, a robust user community, and an application and partner exchange, which provides clients the tools they need to build a best-in-class enterprise GRC program. For more information, visit or call 1-888-539-EGRC.

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