Gartner Research

Understanding the Costs of Compliance

Published: 07 July 2006

ID: G00138098

Analyst(s): Bill Kirwin, Carol Rozwell, Joseph Feiman, John Bace


Businesses often view regulatory compliance as a matter of responding to individual regulatory requirements. A better approach is to view compliance as a process that can improve corporate performance management, lower cost and enhance quality.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Predictions
  • The High Cost of Compliance
    • SOX and Its Impact
  • Elements of Compliance Cost
    • Total Cost of Ownership
    • Role of Best Practices
    • Assessing Risk
    • Seek Additional Value From Compliance Through Aggregation
  • IT Cost Drivers of Compliance Mitigation
    • Complexity
    • Compliance Effectiveness Related to Cost
  • Managing the Cost of Compliance
    • Measuring Progress Toward Compliance Using COMPARE
    • Cost-Effective Compliance Requires Effective Governance
    • IT Practices to Manage the Cost of Compliance
    • Creating a Central Compliance Authority
    • Anticipate Future Compliance Requirements
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations

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