Your Compliance Tax: How to Understand the Financial Impact of Your Software Compliance Efforts
Proving compliance involves:
Assessing the current state of the software delivery lifecycle
Asserting that the process and digital assets are in compliance with both internal and regulatory controls
Providing the evidence that supports that assertion
Resources spent on compliance + opportunity cost = compliance tax
This process requires ample dedicated time from team members, all of whom could be focused on driving value elsewhere. The sum of resources spent, financial and otherwise, combined with the opportunity cost, could be equated to a compliance tax all organizations in highly regulated industries pay.
Assessing the compliance tax: A real-world example
CloudBees recently explored the real-world cost of the compliance tax at a global banking customer that devotes 100 employees full time to proving software compliance. This is how it was calculated:
Fully burdened cost of labor: $16.8 million
The average salary was $140,000, but the fully burdened cost added 20% to that figure, bringing it to $168,000 per employee. That equated to a total labor cost of $16.8 million for 100 workers.
Opportunity cost: $33.6 million
The bank expected each employee to deliver twice their fully burdened cost in value. This amounted to $336,000 per worker for a total of $33.6 million.
Compliance tax: $50.4 million
The compliance tax comprised the fully burdened labor cost ($16.8 million) added to the opportunity cost ($33.6 million), bringing us to a total compliance tax of $50.4 million.
Compliance Tax Whitepaper
Read the report to find out what your compliance tax costs you and ways to reduce that burden across the software development lifecycle (SDLC) with automation.