Process Gets Boost From SOX - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Government // Enterprise Architecture

Process Gets Boost From SOX

The work SOX requires is a great start for process improvement, automation and control.

"Bane" may still be the key syllable in Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), but some companies can make the best of a bad situation. The work SOX requires is a great start for process improvement, automation and control.

"The corporate world will move from auditing and process documentation into rigorous and real-time management of control points," predicts Sanjay Srivastava, COO of Aceva, which offers revenue and receivables management systems. He says many companies will use business activity monitoring (BAM) to "proactively alert for exceptions."

"2005 is the year when the worlds of business integration and business intelligence draw much more closely together," says Steve Craggs, European Vice Chair of the nonprofit Integration Consortium. "Already BAM allows KPIs to be set within integrated environments to give management some performance-based control of operations, but this is only the tip of the iceberg."

Craggs says vendors are working on early projects that combine BI and business process integration technologies to create systems that improve operations automatically (see chart below). For example, a cutting-edge retail operation might be able to respond to a dramatic spike in regional demand by automatically increasing distribution to the affected area and reducing inventory thresholds in other regions temporarily.

Most have already integrated BAM and are moving toward Complex Event Processing
Many are strengthening their partnerships with EAI and BAM vendors
Tilos (, for example, offers "smart process" capabilities for collaborative productivity, combining a portal, process and content management, and analytics

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
2021 Outlook: Tackling Cloud Transformation Choices
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  1/4/2021
Enterprise IT Leaders Face Two Paths to AI
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  12/23/2020
10 IT Trends to Watch for in 2021
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/22/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
Flash Poll