Corporations Struggle to Achieve Regulatory Compliance Despite Increasing Expenditures

New ControlPath Survey Shows Companies Still Using Costly Manual Processes To Comply With Multiple Regulations.


Denver, CO -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/24/2006 --Most corporations are not reaching acceptable levels of compliance, even as they spend more to implement multiple compliance mandates, according to the ControlPath Compliance Progress Survey released today.

The survey also found that 72 percent of large corporations lack confidence that they are complying with all applicable regulations. In addition, the cost of compliance is clearly on the minds of senior management – when ranking the most challenging aspect of compliance, the cost to manage compliance was the clear winner, cited more than all other issues combined (51 percent).

According to the ControlPath Compliance Progress Survey, managing compliance for regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, GLBA, and PCI is still highly manual and follows disparate processes for each regulatory compliance mandate – boosting the cost of compliance to an all-time high. Across the board, compliance costs continue to rise as more compliance regulations are being implemented within organizations.

The survey, conducted by ControlPath Inc., a developer of automated compliance management software, measured attitudes of financial and technology leaders focusing on the level of success implementing compliance programs. The online survey was completed by 132 senior executives during August 2006.

With most public companies needing to comply with several regulations, multiple processes are in place for 70 percent of all respondents, creating a compartmentalized approach to compliance. For most enterprises, manual processes include a disconnected combination of word processing documents, spreadsheets, databases, and email trails. Less than a third reported that they leverage processes across multiple regulations.

With manual processes dominating compliance, 45 percent of respondents reported that they thirst for better technology to comply with the regulations. Today, just 27 percent are leveraging some form of compliance management tools.

“As the cost of regulatory compliance continues to grow, corporations are stepping back and asking themselves hard questions about how to make the process more efficient,” said Scott Crawford, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Management Associates, Boulder, CO. “Comprehensive management of the regulatory compliance workflow is where many companies will find significant savings that will directly benefit their compliance efforts.”

Survey results supported Crawford’s prediction and the use of automation to achieve compliance. Respondents who are either fully or mostly automated were twice as confident that they are in compliance than those whose processes are entirely manual – 48 percent versus 23 percent.

“Companies are asking how they can drive the costs out of their compliance processes. Executives responsible for managing, reporting and maintaining compliance are now asking for help,” said Scott Walker, Chief Executive Officer, ControlPath. “Their request is to create more automated processes that can be applied to all compliance mandates.”

Other key findings from the ControlPath Compliance Progress Survey include:
• 74 percent of survey respondents described their compliance process as either entirely manual, or more manual than automated.
• Key barriers to compliance reported by survey respondents included:
o Limited budget, 41.9 percent,
o Lack of education on compliance mandates, 47 percent,
o Lack of tools to manage the compliance process, 37 percent, and
o Lack of detail in compliance regulations, 32 percent.
• Corporations average 1.8 compliance regulations per company.

The Compliance Progress Survey is the first of a series of compliance trending reports. The next survey will be done in 2007.

About ControlPath
ControlPath Inc., a leading developer of automated compliance management solutions, helps organizations transform their compliance programs across multiple regulations and standards through automation. The ControlPath Compliance Suite offers the most robust compliance workflow, most powerful organizational modeling capabilities, and most comprehensive solution scope of any product in the market. Corporations in financial, manufacturing, retail, and other industries rely on ControlPath to help develop more effective and less costly compliance programs and processes. Privately held ControlPath is headquartered in Englewood, CO. For more information, call 303-414-3635 or visit