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Change control

Change control is one of the more important subjects of the business world today. With the ability to transfer information at (nearly) the speed of light, competition can be fierce. In a competitive business environment, there is tremendous pressure to be one step ahead of (or to rush quickly to catch up to,) the competition. This is especially true in industries where technology is the main source of business. Even where it’s not, almost every company has a Web site now. The temptation to make changes to these production environments can be great, and management can and will often pressure people to make the change happen now. This is why change control is important.

Information security and business continuity while continuing to offer the highest-quality product should be the goals of any information technology group at a very high level. Sometimes, though, one can buckle to the pressure of management or simply decide to change something in a way he or she thinks better. While this may be true at the laser-point level of that particular module, application, Web page, etc., the real problem exists in how the change cascades down to other items. That is to say, the one small change made to item “a” may have a trickle-down effect and break seemingly unrelated item “z” or even reporting somewhere. If this breaks financial reporting, anything from auditing to bankruptcy is possible. It can even create a legal situation because a product or service stopped being offered as intended as the result of the change.

The change control process brings into the picture those who would seek to solve this situation. A proper change control process is not a bunch of people sitting around a table speaking in the past tense of ‘I changed this’, but rather a planning and approval group with representatives from many different areas…...

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