Courting compliance

By eweek  |  Posted 2004-12-20 Print this article Print

Courting compliance

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act does not regulate technology, but from the way vendors plastered "Sarbanes-Oxley- compliant" all over their products this year, youd think every application deployed in an enterprise was relevant to the law.

There is no doubt that the technology and business processes regulated by SarbOx are intertwined, and CIOs need to deploy solutions that provide transparency into business processes. But vendors helping companies with compliance are expected to reap $5.8 billion next year, according to AMR Research.

We cant blame vendors for trying to get a slice of the pie. But when we see things like Web survey software being pitched as a way to assess employees SarbOx compliance, we know theyre stretching things a little too far.

—Anne Chen

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