Obvious statements about software change management: #4 How to make audit costs less painful?

Auditors' work implies a lot of responsibility so they need to be careful and thorough. Auditors, especially SOX auditors, can charge your company anywhere from $150 to $500 per hour; they are expensive in Euros too. So, the goal is to make the auditor happy with all information he needs and get him/her out of your office as quickly as possible.

But how can you do it?

Time spent to undertake an audit can be significantly reduced if the information required by auditors is available to them quickly and efficiently. Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is a repeatable process. Confirmation of the validity of this process confirms validity of all applications which utilize it and therefore substantially reduces the time required for an audit.

Furthermore, by using TD/OMS you can prove that the validated process is enforced. Auditors can ask ad-hoc questions about how a program change came to be and the self-documenting capability of TD/OMS will bring the auditor to all relevant information with just a few clicks of the mouse.

The flexibility of ALM reporting needs to allow a drill down and the generation of specific ad-hoc reporting.

It helps to be prepared for the question:  “Can you show me?”


Would you like to see how owning an ALM system backed by a software configuration database that can track all historical changes can help you in dealing with audits? 


Contact us now so we can show you the benefits of an ALM plus the reporting functionality for your IBM i development!

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