What is IT Governance?

IT Governance is a process used to monitor and control key information technology capability decisions - in an attempt - to ensure the delivery of value to key stakeholders in an organization.

Here are the key points in this definition:

  1. IT Governance is a process. It is not a point in time event. It is not a committee. It is not a department.
  2. The objective of IT governance is to ensure the delivery of business results not “IT systems performance” nor “IT risk management” – that would reinforce the notion of IT as an end in itself. To the contrary, IT Governance is about IT decisions that have an impact on business value.
  3. The process therefore monitors and control key IT decisions that might have an impact – positive or negative - on business results.
  4. The concept of governance is meaningless without the recognition of both ownership and responsibility. The key stakeholders in an organization have an “ownership” stake in the organization. The management is responsible to these stakeholders.
    1. We must recognize the ownership stake of not just shareholders but also of the other stakeholders such as customers, vendors, employees etc.
    2. The “management,” i.e. the people entrusted with making key decisions, is responsible to these stakeholders.
  5. Therefore, the objective of IT Governance is not just the delivery of risk optimized business value but also to engender the trust of the key stakeholders in the people who they have entrusted their money and/or livelihood!
    1. One can argue that this trust results in more business value. No doubt. But the fact remains that it is a means to that end and must be recognized independently as a motivation for IT Governance.
    2. In a sense, IT Governance acts upon the old adage of “trust but verify!”

e-Book - Introduction to IT Governance

This document provides an in-depth introduction to information technology governance (IT Governance), and connects it to corporate governance on the one hand, and IT Risk Management on the other. (75 Pages)

IT Governance For the CIO

This presentation presents a strategic view to IT Governance (information technology governance). There are many good definitions, and discussions on IT Governance but this one focuses on the context, and outcomes related to the topic. CIOs will lear...

IT Governance 101: CIOs Guide to IT Governance

This whitepaper discusses the role of IT Governance in creating enterprise value, and introduces a framework to implement IT Governance. CIOs can follow the structured advice, and the framework to implement in their IT Organizations.

Information Technology Governance Guide

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Primer on IT Governance

A very good introduction to information technology governance (IT Governance) - definition, justification, benefits, frameworks, implementation considerations. MUST Read! 

Introduction to IT Governance

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This presentation provides an in-depth introduction to the COBIT Framework in the context of IT Governance - what is COBIT, and why is it essential to effective IT Governance? Excellent Read! (100 slides)

A Guide to Corporate Governance

This is an excellent guide to implementing corporate governance. A CIO MUST read this in-depth guide to understand key elements of corporate governance, link them to IT Governance, and indeed apply them to implementing IT governance. MUST Read! (150+...

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IT Governance Guide

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