ISOdx in Action

Matching SOX

A leading provider of social game services recently went public and needed to ensure their systems would satisfy the audit requirements of Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), Section 404.

By leveraging ISOdx on their core servers, the company was able to:

  • Complete the entire initiative, from initial sales discussions to completed implementation, in less than 60 days
  • Install, configure and deploy the ISOdx solution using their own resources, periodically accessing remote assistance from an ISOdx Solutions engineer as needed
  • Review the capabilities of ISOdx with a third-party auditor to ensure compliance requirements were satisfied prior to going live

ISOdx partnered with the company to develop a tailored licensing model that addressed their initial requirements while simultaneously allowing for expanded use of the product as additional requirements are identified.

Trucking “right” along

A third-party hardware support company had:

  • Repair trucks going to customer sites when they weren’t necessary
  • Trucks being sent to customer sites without the correct parts
  • Great difficulty being proactive in solving customer hardware problems

The guesswork involved in everyday business was not only costly, but a major productivity obstacle as well. “If we can just fix these challenges, we can be much more competitive and elevate customer satisfaction,” this prospect told the ISOdx team.

ISOdx was used to provide alerts to tell that third-party support company when a part goes bad — plus provide the part number, and identify the location the part resides in within the server. This allows the third-party customer to:

  • Send a truck only when necessary;
  • Send a truck with the right part at the right time; and
  • Fix the issue immediately with no guesswork.

As a bonus, inventory control is much easier because the company knows exactly what parts are required in each region and can keep lower inventory levels.

Taking it to the bank

A U.S. company providing software support to banking companies had a client in South Africa. They did a software upgrade for their SA client in their own lab — and in the lab, the upgrade performed correctly. On the client’s site, however, the upgrade didn’t work, it was causing severe performance problems. The support provider struggled with this issue for nearly two months, trying to determine its cause.

Enter ISOdx. The ISV—an ISOdx prospect at the time—called to see if ISOdx could help.  Using ISOdx, the ISV took a snapshot of the problem machine and compared it to the working lab system, and quickly determined that a single DLL (one out of thousands of files) was not modified during the upgrade process. They inserted the correct DLL, and everything worked properly. Instead of just took minutes. The development team was made aware of the issue, the installer flaw was fixed so the problem would not happen again with other clients in the future.

It’s enough to put you in the hospital

In the middle of the night, a hospital’s entire IT system began to fail. Realizing that critical issues were at stake, the support team was called in and immediately ran ISOdx to try and determine what happened. Within minutes, it became obvious from ISOdx reports that an outside vendor company had initiated changes that disastrously impacted the hospital’s IT system.

The hospital called the surprised vendor to rectify the situation. “How did you know what I changed and what systems this change was affecting?” the lab asked. “We didn’t even know the change would affect those other systems.” 

Ah, ISOdx. Enough said.

Got change?

Over and over again, an independent software vendor’s (ISV) client complained that the software solutions they purchased from the ISV did not work properly. Even though the ISV thoroughly vetted the solution in the customer environment they had replicated in the ISV lab, when it was on the client site, there were issues.

This ongoing strain between the two companies was alleviated when the ISV began using ISOdx. Suddenly, the ISV could prove the client had made unreported changes in their own environment, preventing the software from working properly. Once the client realized the ISV could pinpoint these system alterations and stop the finger-pointing, the complaints stopped — along with the mysterious changes. “It actually brought about a positive culture change for us,” the ISV told the ISOdx team.


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