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Much ado about compliance

Editor in Chief Marilyn Cohodas discusses IT's role in compliance and announces's reorganization, which will include greater coverage of technology issues important to Windows network and department-level managers.

If you think the hullabaloo about pending compliance deadlines for the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and HIPAA is more about policy than technology, think again. Recent legislation and the September 11 World Trade Center tragedy have added a new layer of complexity to the function of an enterprise. And since technology is the main mechanism we use to deliver compliance with stricter government requirements, IT is shouldering much of the load.

How all the issues will filter down to IT managers and administrators at the platform level is the subject of a recent five-part series on Coming to terms with compliance. In this comprehensive report, reporters Margie Semilof and Jennifer Lawinski take a critical look at the good, bad and superfluous elements of new compliance regulations as they relate to Windows IT departments. There are some findings that may surprise you, so be sure to take a look.

Compliance is also a focus of's recent reorganization, which expands the site's coverage to include technology issues important to Windows network and department-level managers. Our idea is to supplement the site's pragmatic (and popular) tech tips and expert advice with more strategic articles written for IT professionals who design, manage and optimize the performance of their company's Windows infrastructure. Our management coverage will still provide all the technical details that geeks-in-charge love to read. But the slant will be less on fighting fires and more about constructing the sprinkler systems that stop the fires before they get out of control.

We'll be building out our new Windows IT management features over the coming months. If you have a specific area of interest, drop us a line and let us know.

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