For those of you not familiar, Fastpath makes security related products for all of the options in the Microsoft Dynamics line. For Dynamics GP specifically they offer:
Config AD - Single sign on and security management tied to active directory. Yes you can log in to GP using AD.
Audit Trail - Transaction auditing.
Assure - Separation of Duties evaluator for Dynamics GP. This doesn't get enough airtime but for risk junkies it's pretty cool.
Audit View - Audit/Security report scheduling and delivery.
It all started with the July issue of Journal of Accountancy which profiled ten years of Sarbanes-Oxley. I thought, hey, SOX generates plenty of Audit Trail and Assure work for Fastpath. Thought drifted away into the ether.
Then my much anticipated August J of A arrived (they are all much anticipated, don't read anything to the August part) . Lo and behold, it's all about fraud and we're back talking about security control, auditing and separation of duties.
[Sidebar: For fun, checkout this this fraud, described at CFO.com, that included the CEO colluding with the HR manager because the CFO “always demanded proper documentation”.]
Finally, MSDynamicsWorld.com is reporting that Microsoft is killing the native Audit Trail module in Dynamics GP. Frankly, MS bought this functionality and doesn't appear to have ever spent a dime improving it. I think they got tired of trying to support it.
So in a couple of months span, Fastpath has two J of A issues, not just articles, dedicated to needs and problems that their products help solve and a major competitor exits the business. (By major competitor I really mean inertia and the idea that "It's included so let's try to use it".)
Yep, they've had a couple of good months. If they are smart, they'll leverage these marketing gems for a long time to come and hope for September J of A hat trick.
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