Karen D. Schwartz from CIO magazine did a wonderful job pulling together many topics to provide an easy to understand introduction to the topic of IT governance in the article entitled "ABC: An Introduction to IT Governance." In this IT governance primer she covers the following topics:
- What is IT governance?
- Is it something every organization needs?
- What are the drivers that motivate organizations to implement IT governance infrastructures?
- What’s the business case? That is, how can I convince top management that we need to do this?
- What are the major focus areas that make up IT governance?
- This appears pretty complicated; how do you actually implement everything involved in IT governance?
- There are a lot of framework choices. How do I choose?
- Can we do this alone, or should we get some outside help?
- What can go wrong if it’s not implemented effectively?
- What are some tips for making sure it goes smoothly and delivers positive results?
Here's an excerpt from a frequent question: There are a lot of framework choices. How do I choose?
"Most companies go with CoBIT or ITIL, but others can also fit the bill. For operations, try ITIL. For application development and lifecycle issues, try CMMI. For risk, use CoBIT. CoBIT is also a great umbrella framework. But combining frameworks can also make sense, says Ron Saull, an IT Governance Institute trustee. You might want to use CoBIT as an overall framework; then use ITIL for your operations, CMMI for development and ISO 17799 for security. In fact, combining frameworks is fairly common; the PricewaterhouseCoopers study found that in 65 percent of cases, companies use CoBIT and ITIL together or with lesser-known frameworks. But most importantly, use a framework that fits your corporate culture and that your stakeholders are familiar with. If the company is using one of these frameworks and can leverage it to be its IT governance framework, all the better."
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