We Need to Talk (about compliance)

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In my third and final post addressing the Osterman Research 2014 IT & Stakeholder Compliance Survey, I’ll address why IT professionals should work more closely with business stakeholders to better meet compliance. I’ll start by sharing key findings that show how much IT wants to work with LoB folks:

  • IT would like to work A BIT more closely with LoB functions (35%)
  • IT is good with the way things are now (32%)
  • IT would like to work MUCH more closely with LoB functions (28%)
  • Frankly, IT would like LoB functions to get out of their way (5%)

talk_to_meCurrently, there is a clear discord between IT departments and LoB functions. However, these differences are not irreconcilable. IT departments are well aware that they need more collaboration with business managers. This will not only improve productivity, performance and profitability, but also achieve compliance.

Line of business functions and IT departments must synchronize efforts to manage internal and external policies and regulatory requirements. For this to be executed properly, open dialogue and a succinct architecture are crucial. This means managers must always encourage and enforce uniformity in technical safeguards. These include access controls, encrypted communication, event logging and written records of detailed files. Without a cohesive team and solution in place, companies could be setting themselves up for costly audit failures or security breaches.

To learn more about the Ipswitch 2014 IT & Stakeholder Compliance Survey and innovative solutions to help IT solve compliance challenges, check out our pre-recorded webinar with analyst Michael Osterman.


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    Ken is currently the Director of Product Marketing for Ipswitch File Transfer and is responsible for all product messaging, positioning and marketing content around the product portfolio. Prior to joining Ipswitch, Ken was the Director of Product Marketing at Metalogix, one of the largest Microsoft SharePoint ISVs. Ken was responsible for all marketing activity around the Metalogix Replicator product line, including go-to-market research, positioning, content generation, and program strategy. Before Metalogix, Ken was the Director of Marketing at Axceler, where he led the company’s global strategy and marketing efforts including marketing strategy, lead generation, market awareness, competitive positioning and branding. Prior to Axceler, Ken led the product marketing team for the managed hosting business at Computer Sciences Corporation. Ken’s past experience also includes IBM, ATG, and Lotus Development Corporation. Ken holds a BA in mathematics / computer science from Hamilton College and an MBA in strategic marketing from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.