Cloud for Compliance

Cloud for Compliance

To meet Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and facilitate ongoing business expansion, CECO Environmental has placed its accounting and ERP systems in the cloud.

Smoke and mirrors, with liberal use of duct tape, is never a good way to ensure regulatory compliance.

That’s why CECO Environmental, a global leader in environmental, energy, and fluid handling and filtration technologies, has adopted the cloud. After multiple acquisitions and international expansion over the past few years, the company was having a harder time meeting Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.

“We went from a handful of offices to 40 locations seemingly overnight,” says Rick Burcham, director of IT for CECO. “And these weren’t small acquisitions. One of them doubled the size of our company.”

CECO found itself with a hodgepodge of infrastructure systems and business applications. It needed a way to standardize and consolidate its accounting and ERP packages for compliance and auditing purposes.

  • The company turned to 3z, a Kentucky-based provider of virtualization, managed hosting, disaster recovery, and consulting services.
  • 3z’s cloud environment—built on the Intel® Xeon® processor-based Cisco Unified Computing System—has become a central hub for all of CECO’s outlets and the business applications on which they rely.

“We want to get out of the hardware maintenance and lifecycle management business,” says Burcham. “With our infrastructure, including accounting and ERP applications, in the 3z cloud, we don’t have to worry about systems integration, security, access control, or auditing. It’s all handled for us.”

And CECO can continue its aggressive growth strategy without fear of compliance gaps.

“Instead of duct tape, smoke, and mirrors, we have a more consistent and seamless onboarding process for new acquisitions,” says Burcham. “The cloud helps us operate and collaborate as one company instead of a collection of silos.”

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