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For most businesses, complying with such laws as Sarbanes Oxley and HIPAA can result in either a costly program that goes through the motions but yields few solid results, or a draconian series of measures that effectively freezes the business in its tracks. There is another way. You don't have to “phone in” meaningless compliance efforts or lock down your entire business just to be in compliance. Agile compliance is a set of practices and processes that can help you keep you focused on running your business and staying agile enough to achieve your strategic objectives but still be compliant with the law.

The concept of Agile Compliance was developed by Hugh Taylor, Vice President of SOA Software, the leading provider of management and security solutions for enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture. He developed the Agile Compliance model of corporate IT while working on numerous Fortune 500 engagements involving information technology and business process management. (BPM) He is the co-author, along with Eric Pulier, of Understanding Enterprise SOA (Manning, 2005) and the upcoming The Joy of SOX (Wiley 2006). The author of more than a dozen articles and papers on the subject of Web services and Service-Oriented Architecture, Taylor is an authority on business process management, SOA, and compliance issues. Taylor received his BA, Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College in 1988 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1992.

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