SWORD ACHIEVER LEADS EUROPEAN GRC MARKET CHALLENGE IN GARTNER REPORT Wednesday 20 August 2008 PDF Print Following an in-depth analysis of the EGRC (Enterprise, Governance, Risk and Compliance) technology sector by leading analyst Gartner, SWORD Achiever has been categorized as the only European headquartered representative in the Challengers’ quartile of the report’s “Magic Quadrant”. The Quadrant positions the top 14 suppliers from an overall global survey pool of 400 vendors. And, with no other European company included in the other upper quartile (the Leaders’ Quartile), SWORD Achiever seems set to pose a significant European challenge to the global status quo for the supply of EGRC solutions. SWORD Achiever, part of the Sword Group, opened a second office in the US last year and has signed distribution agreements, this year, for Eastern Europe, The Middle East and India. In all, the company is now represented in 18 countries. SWORD Achiever also recently achieved Microsoft Gold Certified partner status for ISV/ Software Solutions Competency for their AchieverPlus GRC range. AchieverPlus provides a single point of access for GRC management for all areas of risk management, compliance management and regulatory affairs, including quality, health and safety, financial, IT security and environmental management, across the enterprise. Combining power and flexibility, with Microsoft’s .NET technology, AchieverPlus provides a unique management gateway that can easily be embedded into an organization’s existing processes without disrupting working practices. The system unifies all the organization’s disparate standards, policies and resources across any number of sites and locations. Multiple areas of compliance can be included such as regulatory, legislative and best practice, encompassing many industry standards. Specific solutions for the most highly regulated business areas include: Sarbanes Oxley, Life Sciences (FDA 21 CFR Part 11), ISO 9001, ISO 14001 / 18001 and more. Commenting upon the report, Robert Dent, Business Unit Director of SWORD Achiever stated, “Empirical surveys on the international EGRC market are rare, so this report is welcome and timely. The market knows the quality of Gartner’s work across different technology sectors and the magic quadrant has become a de facto guide as to where individual vendors stand. Naturally, therefore, we are delighted that we have come out as the only European headquartered challenger to the current international status quo. We are confident with the recent rapid growth of SWORD Achiever’s representation across the globe that our position will improve further by the time the next review of the market is conducted.” A copy of the Gartner Report can be found at www.gartner.com Ends Notes To Editors SWORD Achiever ( www.achieverplus.com ) is a business unit of Sword Group (www.sword-group.com) About SWORD Group SWORD Group (NYSE Euronext: FR0004180578 SWP) delivers high value business applications to organisations across regulated industries. A global leader in the delivery of Governance, Risk and Compliance Management solutions, SWORD’s skills, infrastructure and experience help our customers improve performance, increase efficiencies and maximise return on investment. Our flexible delivery options, including On Demand, Software as a Service (SaaS) and ASP, combined with our extensive industry expertise enables SWORD to support our customers across insurance & healthcare, energy, banking & finance, telecoms, utilities, engineering & construction and government. With operations in 37 countries, SWORD today employs over 2000 people and in 2007 generated €179m in consolidated revenue. For further information please contact: Cherry Rance Sword Achiever Tel: +44 (0)1420 547 507 email: email@example.com www.achieverplus.com Or Leigh Richards The Right Image Tel: +44 (0)7758 372 527 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.therightimage.eu This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Sword Achiever in the following categories: Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.