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Hugh Taylor, creator of Agile Compliance and the author of The Joy of SOX: Why Sarbanes Oxley and Service-Oriented Architecture May Be the Best Thing That Ever Happened To You and Understanding Enterprise SOA, is available to speak on a variety of business and technology related topics, including:

- Sarbanes Oxley

- Compliance and Information Technology

- The role of Information Technology in Business Strategy

and more

Online video of recent speaking engagement at USC's Center for Telecommunication Management

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Introduction

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), the upcoming The Joy of SOX (Wiley 2006). In addition, speaks frequently on technology topics. 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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Topics include:

Agile Compliance

Agile Compliance: How to be Compliant Without Sacrificing Strategic Agility

In this presentation, you will learn how avoid a situation that threatens many businesses today: Letting the demands of today's rigorous compliance laws, such as Sarbanes Oxley, paralyze your ability to realize your strategic business vision.

The Joy of SOX: Why Sarbanes-Oxley and Service Oriented Architecture May be the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You

Sarbanes Oxley mandates that your financial statements be accurate. Don't you want that for your business? The Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX), the corporate accountability law that was passed by Congress in the wake of Enron and Worldcom, has been criticized by many in the business community as being a burdensome waste of time. In this presentation, however, Hugh Taylor argues that SOX could in fact be a great catalyst for getting your business into better working order.

Compliance in the Age of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Service-Oriented Architecture is a paradigm shift in corporate computing whose impact can be seen virtually everywhere in the IT field. At the same time, SOA effects compliance because it opens your systems up to integration with numerous new partners and users. To deploy an SOA without considering the compliance aspects of such a move could be foolhardy. This presentation will look at the critical governance and security issues that arise when SOA meets compliance.

The Role of IT in Sarbanes Oxley

Sarbanes Oxley compliance is largely a matter of accounting and audit, but much of the meat of a Sarbanes Oxley compliance initiative rests on information technology (IT). Learn how IT can make or break a SOX 404 effort. This presentation will give a general overview of the ways that IT interacts with internal controls in your business and supports or harms your compliance program.

COBIT for Mere Mortals

The IT Governance Institute (ITGI)'s Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) is a key component of the IT side of Sarbanes Oxley compliance. COBIT provides a much-needed framework for planning and measuring the effectiveness of your IT organizations internal controls as required by the Sarbanes Oxley Act. However, approaching COBIT without a sensible implementation plan can be daunting. In this presentation, Hugh Taylor will show how you can develop a “heat map” of your internal control landscape and determine where, and how much, you need to apply COBIT to attain the level of control you need for compliance without making yourself crazy.

COBIT in the Age of SOA

The IT Governance Institute (ITGI)'s Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) is a key component of the IT side of Sarbanes Oxley compliance. COBIT provides a much-needed framework for planning and measuring the effectiveness of your IT organizations internal controls as required by the Sarbanes Oxley Act. The advent of Service-Oriented Architecture, a technological paradigm that exposes existing systems to many new users both inside and outside the enterprise, has the potential to disrupt the COBIT framework. In this presentation, you will learn how to adapt COBIT SOA and identify sensitive issues where security and IT governance need to be expanded to meet the challenge of SOA's openness.

Software Development and Agile Compliance

The rise of open standards has brought the software development community into far greater and more practical contact with the world of Business Process Modeling (BPM) than ever before. While BPM and software development were always theoretically linked, the broad adoption of open standards and the emergence of the IBM Software Group's integrated SOA stack makes possible real coordination between business analysts, developers, architects, and security people. Ultimately, developers empowered by new open standards based tools will have the ability to execute on continuously shifting business requirements through the integration of BPEL into an SOA-based development and deployment paradigm. The result is a state called “Agile Compliance”, where an enterprise's critical systems help the business comply with business strategies and government regulations while remaining flexible and agile at the same time. This presentation will look at the issues that arise when a large enterprise attempts to bring its developers and BPM into alignment using open standards:

• Is an SOA necessary for integrating BPM with development?

• What are the critical success factors for using open standards to realize BPM objectives?

• Realistic deployment options for the integrated SOA Stack

Sarbanes Oxley in the Advertising and Marketing Field

If you work for a publicly traded company, more than likely you will be dealing with Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance sooner rather than later. Print production, with its loose vendor arrangements and innate complexity, is perhaps one of the great potential hidden liabilities for publicly traded agencies and their clients that can trigger SOX violations. Recent criminal proceedings at major agencies show the liability that all advertisers face on this sensitive issue. In this presentation, Hugh Taylor, an expert on advertising print production and IT, will address some of the SOX risks inherent in print production, and their potential mitigation through the use application of IT and other policies.

Specific Topics to be addressed:

• Hidden SOX liabilities in print production

• IT approaches to mitigation of SOX risk in print production

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Information Technology

SOA 101

A concise, entertaining overview of Service-Oriented Architecture, the new information technology paradigm that is transforming corporate computing.

Getting a Grip on Enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Learn how much of the hype about SOA is actually true: It does reduce costs. It does make it easier to do business with partners. Yet, SOA is far from simple to implement, and a poorly executed SOA can be a disaster on almost every technological front imaginable. In this presentation, you will learn how to plan and deploy an SOA in a way that is secure, reliable, and cost effective.

Strategic Agility and the Future of Enterprise IT

The business world continues to accelerate at a pace that would have been hard to imagine a generation ago. The global competitive climate places a great premium today on agility, the ability for top management to make bold business moves in a rapid time frame. Unfortunately, information technology can often be a drag on this much needed agility. This presentation will explore some of the solutions to the vexing challenge: How can IT be a facilitator, rather than an inhibitor, of strategic agility?

The Coming Revolution in Business Process Management

This presentation shows how SOA can transform the status quo relationship between the Information Technology department and the line-of-business managers it serves. Specifically, the session will explore:

• SOA as driver of strategic agility through greater software re-use

• The streamlining of Business-to-Business (B2B) integration through SOA

• Improvements in modeling business processes and aligning IT and corporate objectives through SOA

Marketing Resource Management (MRM) and SOA

As a growing number of national advertisers attempt to improve the operations of their advertising campaigns by linking their divisions, agencies, and vendors together using sophisticated Marketing Resource Management (MRM) software suites, they are beginning to face challenges related to maintaining and securing these connections in the continually changing advertising industry environment. In this session, Hugh Taylor, an expert in both the fields of advertising production and SOA, will look at ways in which advertisers can harness the power of SOA to realize the benefits of MRM without jeopardizing security or integrity of their infrastructure.

Specific Topics to be addressed:

• The potential of SOA for MRM

• Connecting multiple firms using SOA

• Securing MRM connections between companies

• Provisioning MRM functions selectively

• Assuring smooth operations of an MRM SOA

Each of the topics described above can be presented as a non-fee keynote or conference breakout session.

These presentations can also be expanded and customized to be in-depth training seminars. Mr. Taylor can be retained as a trainer or consultant through SOA Software.

About Hugh Taylor

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. He lives in Los Angeles .

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Speaking Experience

Mr. Taylor has extensive speaking experience. Venues where he has given presentations, classes, and training workshops include:

• Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA)

• Software Council of Southern California

• Photo Marketing Association (PMA)

• Center for Telecommunications Management at USC's Marshall School

• University of North Carolina

• University of California , Los Angeles (Extension Faculty)

• University of Southern California

• Loyola Marymount University

• Southwestern University School of Law

• Transamerica Corporation

• Oakwood Worldwide

• Otis Elevator

• IBM Rational Developerworks Conference (June 2006)

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