Challenges for the implementation of regulatory requirements

During big regulatory projects, many requirements must be implemented at the same time and in a very short period. Even if the schedules are often already known a long time before the respective regulatory measures become effective, it is usually only possible for the project managers to create a specific implementation plan very late in the game due to the partly unclear formulations of the regulatory regulations. Plans are often based on assumptions which may or may not be confirmed during the course of the project. The result are coordination loops, redundant work, and extremely short deadlines for the implementation, testing, and production roll-out (transition). Regulatory requirements which look simple at first glance often lead to a massive need for change of the entire business operations. As a consequence, existing processes must be revised and adjusted front-to-back and completely new modules or systems integrated into the existing IT landscape on short notice.

Regulatory requirement management

In order to face these challenges, the regulatory requirements must be translated for one's own institution as a first step. This can be done, for instance, through a precise description of the requirements and the resulting needed changes to existing processes. It may be necessary to develop and implement completely new processes. In this connection, it is important to ensure in time that new processes are also anchored organizationally. The final result is a new / adjusted target process landscape which also brings a large number of changes to the IT systems. The thus determined requirements / necessary regulatory adjustments should be bundled and prioritized at the process and system level during the analysis and design. This can help ensure that every process and every system does not have to be changed multiple times for no reason.

Agility and regulatory system

In complex, regulatory projects which need to implement new requirements under tight deadlines and great uncertainty, agile methods can help structure comprehensive changes and increase the productivity of the team. Agility focuses on close, continuous communication / cooperation of all parties involved. Only this can actually ensure that changed framework conditions can still be implemented during the implementation of the project. Agile process models thus lay the foundation for flexibility, the ability to react, and speed during big regulatory projects.

Test and roll-out

The simultaneous change of different processes and systems, partly under very tight deadlines, poses a great challenge for test planning, test implementation, and transition. Since the preparation and implementation of the tests often also requires deep understanding of the technical connections, it is important to involve test and transition managers in the project already during analysis and design. This can ensure that all important aspect for the tests and the product roll-out are considered during the bundling and prioritization of changes to the system landscape.

Focus areas / service spectrum

syracom helps financial services providers implement regulatory requirements. We analyse the effects of new legislative initiatives on processes, systems, organization, and architecture and develop specific implementation proposals. Our service spectrum in big regulatory projects lies along the interface between business and IT:

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