Compliance testing in software development has quickly evolved from a risk mitigation exercise into a core, business-critical process. Automated compliance builds compliance testing into earlier processes, catching issues in real time instead of reacting to them later when the damage is already done.
Businesses today need to move fast, and continuously deliver new and optimized IT services and applications. But speed and agility can’t come at the cost of compliance. By automating compliance testing, organizations can embed it into their processes and continuously check for issues, helping to accelerate changes, reduce time to market, and safeguard against costly compliance breaches.
What is it?
For a long time, compliance testing has been a slow, but very necessary bottleneck in key IT processes. A change, update, or new application is developed, then it’s checked for compliance issues. If any issues are detected, it’s pushed back for changes before it can go live.
Automated compliance is a new approach to this process. Instead of a single, complete check that happens after development, compliance testing is embedded into the process, checking for issues automatically at every stage.
This helps identify issues faster, so they can be resolved immediately. And that helps accelerate delivery, while also improving the quality of applications.
What’s in for you?
Automated compliance helps you catch more compliance issues, at the point where they’re most quickly and easily resolved. The end result is streamlined processes, faster time to market, greater ability to adapt and react to changes, and fewer compliance issues in live applications.
What are the trade offs?
As with all things that yield great results, automating compliance checks isn’t easy. Establishing the framework and capabilities for robust automated compliance checks takes a significant amount of work, and investment.
However, it’s important to remember that this isn’t just another technology project. It’s the foundation for new best practice that will help improve the quality, speed, and agility of your operations for decades to come, while also helping you avoid compliance breaches.