Thanks, in part, to the fallout from the financial scandals of Enron, WorldCom, Tyco and others, the corporate spotlight is being refocused on the audit function. However, by waiting until systems are live and in production before applying an audit regimen, you may miss an excellent opportunity to establish effective controls at the outset, when the enterprise software is being implemented. Read on to learn where and how, as an executive sponsor, project manager, or team member, you can instill audit procedures that can continue throughout the life of the software.
vendor or vendor special interest groups where other companies may have already paved the way. Some might argue that compliance with SOX will only add to the length of the overall project. First, to counter that argument, companies bound by SOX may have little choice. Secondly, it is easier to gather the information gradually as a work-in-progress rather than afterwards when interests have been transferred to other projects. Finally, below is the tradition timeline of an implementation project with the