IT governance is the process and oversight structure that is focused on ensuring IT’s direction and investments are aligned with the strategic direction and needs of the business. It helps to ensure that IT projects are on track and delivering the right level of value and that stakeholder and organizational needs are appropriately addressed.
IT governance is most effective when the IT organization understands the portfolio of services provided and how these services link to business value. Plans, policies, investments, resources, risk, and culture are all areas of concern for IT governance. All of the areas noted need to be directed and monitored to ensure maximum benefit to the business.
Why should you care about IT Governance?
Governance helps to
The effects of mature IT governance can be linked to employee satisfaction, employee engagement, attrition, customer satisfaction, etc. Without governance, IT is often functioning as a silo’d organization within the larger entity. With such a dependence on technology, the business needs a strong partner in order to be successful. Governance is a cornerstone of building this relationship.
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