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Documenting processes and changes, ensuring segregation of duties, and so on is tedious and time-consuming
By: XebiaLabs Blog
Mar. 31, 2017 11:45 AM
Three Steps to Painless Compliance
Ask any IT person from the financial sector about SOX requirements and they’ll probably use some colorful language about how much time and money it sucks away. According to the 2016 Sarbanes-Oxley compliance survey by global consultant Protiviti, the average annual internal cost of SOX Compliance Costs is over $1.2 million dollars, with 27% of these firms spending 2 million or more.
Having worked with lots of financial institutions in my time, I’ve seen my fair share of IT people feeling overburdened by the demands of keeping up with regulations. Documenting processes and changes, ensuring segregation of duties, and so on is tedious and time-consuming. To be effective and lighten the compliance load you need automation, yes, but you also need intelligence about what’s happening across your pipeline. Release orchestration gives you both, which means you stay sane and keep the auditors happy.
But before you cross over that rainbow, you need to take some steps to get your house in order.
Step 1. Clean Up Your Software Delivery Pipeline
Step 2. Ditch the Manual Workflows
In contrast, off the shelf release orchestrators are more like a GPS, which track your changes and automatically recalculate the route. All the underlying steps are still there, they’re just handled by the software. If you change some part of the release process, a release orchestrator automatically adjusts every step in your workflow, including all dependencies, approvals, and so on, ensuring up to date and accurate records for compliance.
Step 3. Automate Your Documentation
By cleaning up your pipeline and automating your workflows and documentation, you and your auditors can enjoy happier, pain-free days ahead.
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