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Posted July 22, 2006
Are you a CFO, CIO, CEO, VP, Director of IT, IT Operations Manager, and/or IT Consultant? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Christian Lahti, Roderick Peterson, and Steve Lanza, have done an outstanding job of writing a practical book that gives you the reader, an understanding of how open source technology and tools might be applied to your individual requirements. Lahti, Peterson, and Lanza, begin by discussing why the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) experience promises to be quite different in terms of depth, cost, and resources. Then, the authors discuss how Congress enacted the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 in an effort to prevent financial scandals such as those that occurred at Enron and MCI. Next, they explore the need for SOX compliance and the possible consequences of noncompliance--lawsuits, negative publicity for the company, and fines for executive management. The authors then investigate the entire open source phenomenon and the fundamental differences between it and nonfree software. They continue by covering the difference between SOX and COBIT. Then, the authors discuss automation and why it should be a key component of any small to medium-sized company's SOX compliance activities. Next, they cover the COBIT Delivery and Support Delivery and Support Domain and why it is important, not only to SOX compliance activities, but also from an IT Department repositioning perspective. The authors then discuss Deming's continuous quality improvement process, specifically how it was predicted on a closed-loop process. Finally, they show you how to reposition an IT Department, by utilizing COBIT for SOX. In this most excellent book, you will find a lot of applicable content--basically as much as the authors could muster by way of open source technologies and how they fit into the SOX sphere of influence. More importantly, this book illustrates the many Open Source cost-saving opportunities that public companies can deploy in their IT organizations to meet the mandatory compliance requirements of SOX.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.