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Building Compliance Efforts With IT Roadmaps

Melissa Klein Aguilar | June 20, 2006

With the heightened focus on corporate governance in general and compliance in particular, companies are weighing more than ever the potential effect of technology on their compliance programs—both to get the job done, and to make the job more complicated.

The blueprint to see how technology can help or hinder compliance efforts is a “technology roadmap.” Exactly what should be in that roadmap depends on whom you ask, but whatever its precise contents, experts say the need for one has come into sharp relief in today’s regulatory environment.

“Post-SOX, as we consider almost every piece of the technology landscape, we have to ask the question, ‘How will this impact, positively or negatively, on our compliance?’" says Robert Worrall, vice president of information technology at Sun Microsystems.

Sun has been used technology roadmaps since its inception, Worrall says. The company has roadmaps for “every major technology area of concern:... To get the full story, subscribe now.