Discussion: IT Governance Planning
Discussion: IT Governance Planning
- Search the Internet for IT governance planning. Select a specific governance plan that exists at a company or a plan framework from an organization. Write a 2-page paper on three or four of the most important suggestions from the plan you select.
- Effective IT governance and management, that is closely aligned to the business needs
and supported by a strong business partnership, is extremely vital to the success of the
IT function within corporate enterprises and on a global basis. Dr. Selig’s book on this
very topic is a great resource for all IT practitioners, senior business professionals and
brings together every critical aspect relating to IT governance.
Th e second edition lays out a roadmap to executing within a solid governance model. It
looks at all aspects of establishing, planning, implementing, growing and sustaining an
IT ecosystem. Th e combination of case studies and disciplined approaches to building
well-structured processes, committed leaders and change agents will help the board,
executive management and most of all, CIOs and IT professionals think through what
has worked, what can work and how to deploy IT governance successfully.
Being a CIO for many years in a highly competitive industry, I have developed a respect
for the process side of running IT like a business. Th ere has always been a need to balance
governance for IT with the demands and services needed to support the business. Th is
requires eff ective implementation of guiding principles and controls to ensure corporate
enterprises optimize their investments and, more importantly, ensures that all IT
resources are well organized and utilized to help drive business value.
In my experience, Information Technology and its eff ective management is a
fundamental cornerstone of any well-run business. Ensuring that the IT function is fully
supporting the business strategy and goals of the company is all about ensuring that
the IT organization, processes and performance are designed with a view to constantly
providing and measuring business value. Successful CIOs recognize that IT has become
far more than a means of increasing effi ciency and reducing costs. Rather, they see IT as
a prime stimulus for, and an enabler of, business innovation and transformation – and
they themselves are viewed as key collaborators, facilitators and partners in a process
that develops business and IT strategies in concert.
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Ever since the recent economic recession, coupled with the growing reliance on social
media and mobile – one thing we are sure of is that “Change is the New Norm”!
Th erefore, never before has it been more critical to cultivate a holistic management
model for the information technology function that is well aligned to the business
needs. Business today is faced with far more rapidly changing and challenging market
conditions, industry disruption, ever-changing regulations, the need for accessible
analytics and more demanding and impatient customers. In parallel to this, new
technology approaches such as cloud, digital, mobile, ‘big data’, Internet of Th ings, and
visual analytics, all present new ways of doing things that, therefore, challenge the status
quo. Th ese external challenges, coupled with the new technology opportunities, along
with the need to support normal business demands such as; to market and administer
a new product quickly, scale and protect the core infrastructure and company data,
drive company change, all taken together elevate the dependency that successful
businesses today have on technology and hence highlights the need for a strong and
comprehensive governance model between IT and the business. IT practitioners today
have to work with an ever-changing business and IT landscape, where the pace of change
is tremendous, business competition and demand for IT services is extremely high,
budgets are challenged and talented technical resources are always scare – this book
should help provide some innovative insights into IT governance in an era of change
I have known Dr. Selig for more than fi ve years and have enrolled members of my senior
staff onto an IT governance seminar led by him. He is a seasoned IT veteran who has
organized a set of proven, fundamental approaches for the IT professional and has a
passion for sharing these approaches. In this book, Dr. Selig combines practical business
experience and practices along with academic principles, which together provide a
valuable and insightful contribution to help advance the role of IT and its value to the
business. Whether you are a board member, a CEO, a practicing CIO, or a student of
IT, this book will provide a reference and guide to ensure that your IT function is well
aligned to your business needs and is well managed and governed to achieve maximum
business value for your organization.