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2 July 2009 Press Release

Independent Research Firm states “Strategic Thought has the best value proposition for ERM” in its latest research on the Enterprise GRC market.

Strategic Thought was among the select companies that Forrester invited to participate in the July 2009 report - The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance Platforms, Q3 2009. In this evaluation Strategic Thought was cited as a strong performer overall for its Active Risk Manager (ARM) solution.

Forrester evaluated 14 enterprise GRC platform vendors using 80 criteria and commented that “Strategic Thought demonstrated the deepest capabilities for risk management among the vendors evaluated.”

In the report Forrester also stated, “Strategic Thought has the best value proposition for ERM, supported by a proprietary risk engine, strong thought leadership, and customers managing both the positive and negative aspects of risk.”

“This recognition from Forrester is encouraging. It acknowledges our strategy of expanding the capabilities of our Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) solution, Active Risk Manager, from its strong roots in project and program risk management. ARM enjoys an enviable customer base including 8 out of the top 10 Aerospace & Defence organisations and global names in a range of industries,” said Martin Metcalf, CEO Strategic Thought Group.

“We enable organisations to effectively manage both risks and opportunities. This is applicable in the project arena and also at the enterprise level where ARM can add value through risk-adjusted corporate planning and performance,” added Metcalf.

Forrester gave ARM full marks (5 out of 5) in a range of the assessment categories including Risk and Control assessments, Risk Measurement and Modelling, Risk Quantification and Analytics and Scenario Modelling. Strategic Thought’s GRC Vision, Domain Strategy, Product Roadmap and Comprehensive ERM customers also gained maximum scores. Forrester also noted “Strategic Thought has demonstrated very impressive enterprise risk management implementations with demonstrable return on investment. ARM customers have shown the ability to use risk management as a method for improving business performance.”

“Forrester’s acknowledgement of STG’s GRC strategy and the fact that it found our customers using ARM comprehensively across their organisations was particularly pleasing,” concluded Metcalf.

ENDS

Active Risk Manager from Strategic Thought Group plc

Strategic Thought Group (STG) provides risk/reward-focused software and services to enable true enterprise-wide risk management. Active Risk Manager™ (ARM) from STG is the world's leading web-based Enterprise Risk Management system. ARM enables the identification, registration, communication, analysis and management of risks and opportunities.

ARM aids compliance with project, operational and enterprise-wide guidelines. The effective management of risks and opportunities allows companies to act within corporate governance requirements and industry standards while balancing the risk/reward mix to maximise the return on opportunities.

STG was founded in the UK in 1987 and opened offices in the US in 2004. Active Risk Manager is used by major organisations around the globe including BAE Systems, Rio Tinto, Lockheed Martin, Nestle, NASA, London Underground, Raytheon and SABIC.
For further information and a detailed view of Strategic Thought's products and services visit www.strategicthought.com or call +44 (0)1628 582500 (EMEA) or +1 703 673 9580 (Americas).

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