This week I will be schmoozing with internal control and compliance executives in San Diego at Workiva’s annual user conference. Expect posts in coming days about audit and compliance technology (good) and occasional photos of the sunny, waterfront scene at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel (even better).

TEC, as the conference is formally known, usually attracts 1,500+ people from around the world. If you are a Radical Compliance fan attending TEC yourself, drop me a line or find me wandering around; I am always game to meet another compliance enthusiast and talk shop.

Disclosure: Workiva is paying me to provide some conference commentary on its own blog and to interview some of its customers. You can see those posts on Workiva’s blog throughout the week, and honestly, that blog is worth bookmarking and reading regularly. I would say as much even if Workiva weren’t paying me to be here.

My personal interest is to learn more about how audit and compliance software (including Workiva’s flagship product, Wdesk) can serve as a tool for enterprise risk management. That is ultimately where audit and compliance functions are heading in the future: to be vehicles of business process improvement, in a highly regulated world where deviations from “standard process” (whatever that might be for you) are risks unto themselves—something to be found, monitored, and remediated as necessary.

Are we there yet? Nope. But we won’t get there at all without good technology and savvy professionals who see audit and compliance within that business process improvement context. Thankfully we have both of those ingredients all over the place here at TEC, so I’m excited to hear the latest and pass along what I can to you.

Look for more posts later this week, or follow me on Twitter at @compliancememe. And I’m serious about introducing yourself if you’re here. Use the password “Manchester” and I’ll buy the first round of drinks.

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