This article discusses the implementation of the Japanese version of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (J-SOX) that will occur in 2008 and the important role that enterprise architecture (EA) could play in that implementation. J-SOX enforcement will provide a compelling driver for information technology (IT) system replacements or upgrades that will have a big impact on the IT industry and might serve to establish a stronger EA presence in Japan. However, the successful use of EA methods requires fundamental changes in how executives and managers think about the enterprise, and as such this represents a significant change in corporate culture and governance that will not happen by itself. J-SOX compliance could be the driving force to facilitate EA’s use in Japan because enterprises will need to simultaneously transition to enterprise-level thinking and increase their agility to keep up with changing business requirements and comply with J-SOX.
Journal of Enterprise Architecture