Change control is collaborative, iterative and labor-intensive. For any specific change event, multiple users are required to follow a prescribed set of tasks and processes, which need to be carried out in a defined sequence and are subject to multiple stages of review and approval. It’s very easy to lose track of where you are in the process, what actions need to be completed next, who owns them, and when they are due. Yet the consequences of such lapses can be very costly. This paper examines why it is absolutely vital for organizations to take a comprehensive, closed-loop approach to automating change management, spanning all areas of the organization and extending throughout the product lifecycle.