SAP Process Control


Winterhawk recently asked SAP’s Jan Gardiner, Senior Director, SAP Governance Risk and Compliance Solutions, for her insights into SAP’s Process Control application. We posed the question:

“Building a business case for GRC solutions is something our clients often ask us to support. Jan, in terms of SAP Process Control, what would you say are the key benefits that customers are realising?”

Jan’s reply:

“Customers have told me that SAP Process Control’s automation — whether automated testing, control performance, or continuous control monitoring — has produced the most traceable benefits and ROI.  By automating repetitive and even error-prone manual processes, customers find that it eases the burden on business users, compliance teams, and internal auditors alike, freeing them for more valuable work.  As the core of our Three Lines of Defense solutions, Process Control provides a ‘single source of truth’ within an end-to-end risk and compliance framework.” 


Why SAP Process Control?

Because it helps protect your business with continuous control and compliance monitoring. Improve the effectiveness of your internal control processes across SAP and non-SAP systems, and tightly align them with risk prevention and efficiency requirements.

Features of SAP Process Control

  • Get scalable support for multiple internal controls and compliance management programs
  • Improve efficiency by identifying, prioritising, and focusing resources on key business processes and risks
  • Gain real-time visibility into all compliance and internal control processes
  • Speed internal control audit cycles and reduce audit costs with automation
  • Detect issues earlier, proactively analyse control failures, and monitor remediation
  • Comply with a range of regulations: anti-bribery and corruption (e.g. FCPA), Data Protection Acts (e.g. GDPR), financial compliance (SOx, EU Directive 8…), IT controls (e.g. CobIT), industry requirements such as Basel II / III, FDA (GxP), FERC / NERC, and more

Drive continuous control monitoring and reduce risk

Simplify your internal control system, get insight, and strengthen your business with SAP Process Control. This GRC software automates internal control and compliance management enterprise-wide – and gives you real-time visibility into your controls’ status and responses to key compliance needs and risks. Increase business process reliability and efficiency, and ensure compliance with a broad range of regulations.


Functional Capabilities

  • Unified repository for compliance, control, and policy information: Ensure cross-function standardisation and drive consistency across your organisation. Manage multiple regulatory policies and compliance procedures with a single solution. Optimise the planning of control assessment and testing activities.
  • Embedded controls to strengthen business processes: Align internal controls and policies with business objectives and risks. Monitor key business processes like reconcile-to-report, order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, IT, and more. Leverage the power and speed of SAP HANA to monitor high volume of transactions in key S/4 HANA business processes in real time.
  • Improved compliance and control processes at optimal cost: Perform comprehensive online and offline control evaluations with flexible workflows and configurable forms. Manage the complete policy lifecycle with collaborative tools and surveys. Streamline issue management and certifications with best practice workflows (ex. CAPA integrated with audit management).

Technical Capabilities

  • Automated workflows and notifications: Receive automated notifications to shrink manual intervention efforts. Understand control exceptions and alerts to react quickly and appropriately. Ensure that all appropriate stakeholders are involved in relevant tasks: assessments, remediations, and sign-offs.
  • Offline forms: Support offline procedures with interactive forms for compliance and control assessments, testing, control performance, remediation, and sign-offs. Support the policy management lifecycle by the distribution of new policies and updates as well as review and acknowledgement surveys.
  • Continuous control monitoring: Integrate with SAP and non-SAP systems using connectors or web services, or SAP HANA views. Monitor master data, configuration settings and transactions in business applications via scheduled processes or in real-time. Monitor application data from internal and external systems in real-time.

Using SAP Process Control for GDPR – 15 minute webinar with Winterhawk

A short 15 minute webinar on how customers have started using SAP Process Control to manage GDPR obligations.

Most SAP customers are nearing completion of their various GDPR projects, across data management, process review and technology implementation, but there is still work to be done. Our customers have had great success turning to SAP GRC to manage their ongoing GDPR governance.

Winterhawk’s innovative, new GDPR content framework and SAP Process Control can be used together to manage Data Privacy obligations in SAP Process Control. Find out more in this recorded webinar, which also covers:

  • Request feedback on the status of implemented GDPR processes and controls from across the business
  • Sending out and completing Data Protection Impact Assessments
  • Raising Data Privacy issues and remediating with Action Plans
  • Checking your GDPR Governance program’s health and status
  • How Winterhawk customers are benefitting from using SAP Process Control for GDPR

To see more videos head over to our knowledge section.

SAP Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) software is faster and more cost effective to deploy than you may think. Deploying SAP Process Control with Winterhawk’s GRC experts happens in a matter of weeks.


Implementation of Process Control can be as quick as 10 weeks by leveraging Winterhawk’s best practice Master Data toolkits along with the expertise of our GRC specialists.

Winterhawk’s Rapid Deployment Services (RDS) for SAP GRC software solutions enables fast, efficient roll-out of out-of-the-box functionality, bespoke organisation hierarchy and customised master data (for example your organisation’s specific processes/controls/risks).

Using Winterhawk’s cost effective and best practice RDS strategy, you can plan for a GRC go-live in less than 3 months from when the project commences.

Get in touch

If you are needing help to implement or support SAP Process Control, drop us a line, we’d be delighted to talk to you.