By Steven Romero

Tough renowned notions of what it takes for IT firms to be successful, IT governance evangelist at CA applied sciences Steve Romero offers a few of the theories and concepts round IT governance, the foremost parts of winning strategy administration, and behavioral administration as key components in it truly is good fortune. the subject of IT governance hasn't ever been extra well known than it's this day. virtually each association recognizes Read more...

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And therein lies the beauty of IT governance and the principles that drive it: it brings purpose and context to everything we do in IT. In fact, I argue that if anyone is doing anything in IT and it does not contribute to one or more of the principles of IT governance, then they should stop doing it. It’s a waste of time. I also tell folks if they ever have reservations about the work they are performing in IT or if they wonder why they are doing one thing or the other, then they need only refer to these principles.

I believe ITGI rightly recognized the need to optimize the investment in and the use and allocation of each and every resource required to meet the needs of the enterprise. (For those of you who chafe at the “dehumanizing characterization of people as resources,” please bear with me. ) ITGI offers a comprehensive approach to optimizing management of resources. They advise boards to verify the enterprise makes appropriate investments in infrastructure and capabilities by ensuring that • • • • • The responsibilities with respect to IT systems and services procurement are understood and applied Appropriate methods and adequate skills exist to manage and support IT projects and systems Improved workforce planning and investment exist for the recruitment and, more importantly, retention of skilled IT staff IT education, training, and development needs are fully identified and addressed for all staff Appropriate facilities are provided and time is available for staff to develop the skills they need Boards need to also assure IT resources are used wisely by ensuring that • • Appropriate methods and adequate skills exist in the organization to manage IT projects The benefits accruing from any service procurement are real and achievable As you can see, this principle of IT governance applies to all IT resource expenditures.

But I have found this to seldom be the case. All of the organizations I have visited are struggling. The outcomes of their technology decisions are not what they want them to be. They aren’t meeting the principles of IT governance. Their IT organizations have an “us and them” association with the business. So what do these relationship-based governance model-driven organizations do when the outcomes are not as desired? REORG! Have you been “reorged” lately? I would bet if you have been in the same organization for more than three years you have been involved in or witnessed no less than one reorganization of IT, and maybe even the business.

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