Compliance = Time + Space

compliance-strategyWe’ve talked before about the benefits of being proactive versus reactive. Being proactive is more beneficial than being reactive in every aspect of life, whether in business, sports, or just everyday life. A task as simple as crossing a street can illustrate this point: be proactive by looking both ways ahead of time and avoiding potential oncoming traffic or keep your head down and try to react at the last second to a large truck barreling down on you. The difference and the possible consequences are stark.

GDPR Drives Debate over Prescriptive versus Outcomes-based Compliance

compliance-strategyHere we look at the difference in prescriptive and outcomes-based regulations and which may be better for data privacy.
With GDPR now in full effect, many companies are scrambling to navigate issues the regulations have created for them, and one question is now being more pointedly discussed by many globally: is prescriptive or performance-based regulation better, specifically where personal data is concerned?.

Facebook, Global Data, and Corporate Governance Deficiencies

compliance-strategyHere we analyse the need for better corporate governance in the age of big data through the Facebook scandal
Why does a company need solid governance controls? One need only look at Facebooks stock market value loss in the wake of the social media giant’s recent scandal involving data privacy. In a typical corporation, a $50billion loss of value within a few days would undoubtedly lead to some major changes, and quickly.

Dronesafe Makes Skies Safer in the Age of Drone Technology

Drone-operations-managementIt might seem counterintuitive, but it’s common knowledge and apparently the natural order of things – technology moves much faster than the rules we set to govern it. Automobiles upset the public at first and caused governments to rethink roads. Airplanes caused governments to address the skies, something they’d never had to do before. Now drones are forcing them to rethink the rules about the sky, and public concerns are putting pressure on those decisions.

Auditor versus Compliance Officer: What’s The Difference?

bigstock-Compliance-Computer-Key-Button-60862757The difference between the auditor and compliance officer within organisations is not always clear. There are definitely similarities and the two have common characteristics with some overlap so it is reasonable to confuse the two as almost merging into one another. They must work together in many cases but there are distinct differences.  Distinct and important.

Compliance: Maintain the Status Quo or Question Everything?

compliance question everythingAt face value, compliance can easily be interpreted as maintaining the status quo, following the rules, and conforming to predetermined and universally accepted norms. And if you choose to believe and adhere to that definition and understanding of the term and the practice, that’s exactly what it will be. But you do have a choice. It’s just like a paraphrase of the old saying: whether you believe that you can or you can’t do something, you’re right. 

A Paradigm Shift in Compliance Thinking


A Tale of Two Businesses

Consider the following scenarios. Two retail managers each have a chain of locations they are in charge of, with massive amounts of inventory across each chain. One relies on the store manager at each location to ensure that inventory levels are where they should be. So once per month they get a message from each store manager that essentially says “inventory is still good!”, and they leave it at that.

How Compliance can Contribute to Exponential Growth


It’s no secret that the world is changing very quickly in the modern digital world, and that fact applies to every aspect of our lives, both individually as well as in the business world. That basic concept is the basis of a great new book called Exponential Organisations by Salim Ismail, which describes how two critical aspects of running a business is leading to exponential growth that is drastically shortening the time from launch to wild success: outsourcing and software.