Technology is an ever changing tool driven by compliance requirements as well as entity-centric needs to satisfy market demands. For compliance requirements, IT deployments tend to be reactionary rather than a continuous, proactive process. Consequently, IT compliance efforts are typically lacking constancy and conformity. To combat this tendency, IT planners should focus design and transition efforts on three time frames for meeting entity needs: the current state, the near-term state, and the long-term state of compliance requirements. Within this context, expert systems can be an invaluable tool to implement mandates that satisfy immediate needs and simultaneously position the entity to effectively meet the next potential compliance issue.