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Arrow S3
Case Study / Global Provider

Arrow S3

Arrow S3 Improves Reporting and Conflict Identification with Fastpath

The Challenge

Arrow Electronics is a publicly traded global provider of products, services and solutions for industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. In the summer of 2010, they purchased Shared Technologies and Cross Telecom now known as Arrow S3 and were suddenly faced with the challenge of becoming Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliant in a short amount of time. Arrow S3 needed the ability to deliver specialized reporting to Arrow Electronics’ internal SOX audit team, but they lacked the staff­ and tools to deliver.

As such, they solicited other Microsoft Dynamics® AX users for advice on potential solutions. “Fastpath was recommended time and again from other Microsoft Dynamics AX users as THE solution to our problems,” said Annette Price, Microsoft Dynamics AX System Administrator at Arrow S3. After reviewing the software, they determined that Fastpath’s tools were exactly what they needed to provide them with detailed audit reporting on user and role permissions along with potential conflicts. 

“Fastpath implementation was seamless, I don’t recall a single problem during installation.”

Annette Price, Dynamics AX System Admin, Arrow Electronics

The solution

Rapid Implementation, Quicker Reviews and Easier Identification of Conflicts


Within two months of the initial demo, Arrow S3 was up and running on Fastpath’s solutions. “The integration with our current systems was easy and I can train my team on the solutions very quickly,” said Price. The standard reporting out of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 was not sufficient enough to satisfy Arrow’s internal audit team. But with Fastpath, the Arrow S3 team was able to quickly access a standard Separation of Duties (SoD) rule set specifically designed for AX by Fastpath’s team of Certified Internal Auditors and audit partners. Not only were they able to efficiently gain visibility into their conflicts at the User and Group levels, but they were able to establish mitigations at the User level as well as easily generate the reporting they needed.


The results

A Rapid Return on Investment and SOX Compliance without Increasing Staff


From demo to full rollout, Arrow S3 was up and running within 2 months, with no issues. “Fastpath implementation was seamless, I don’t recall a single problem during installation,” said Price. Instead of spending hours and days working through reports, the team now reviews them on a quarterly basis. Fastpath’s solutions brought confidence and efficiencies to an otherwise tedious internal process that would have required the addition of at least another person to handle security reviews.