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What is IT Governance?

IT governance is the structure, framework, and strategy to ensure that an organization’s IT infrastructure is safe, efficient, and effective as it works towards its mission.

Often a combination of procedures, rules, and processes, IT governance provides a framework for how an organization utilizes technology to achieve their mission.

Once formulated and introduced to an organization, IT governance establishes how to use software, hardware, and other IT-related assets—now and in the future.

What are examples of IT governance?

While some might simply associate IT governance with the word “no”—as in, “can I download this application?”—IT governance is actually a wide set of strategies that ensure an organization is effective in their technology usage.

IT governance can include procedures and standards set by IT, such as:

  1. What types of applications employees can freely implement independent of IT (if at all)
  2. How to store company documents, data, and assets safely
  3. What constitutes permitted or allowed physical hardware or digital applications
  4. The structure of an organization’s digital architecture
  5. What an organization does to backup company data in the case of failure or loss

What is the role of IT governance?

IT governance establishes a standardized methodology for utilizing technology in an organization. No different than how designers create a brand guide to establish how to use logos, assets, and company assets—IT governance is a similar framework for technology.

By having standardized IT governance, organizations can reduce IT-related risk, establish clear priorities and standards for technology usage, and ensure more seamless collaboration across the digital workplace.

What are the four 4 focus areas of IT governance?

While not always just these four areas, IT governance typically focuses on these four areas for effective management:

  1. Strategic Alignment with Business:
    Ensure that frameworks and procedures implemented for technology work to empower, rather than hinder, business operations.

  2. Value Delivery:
    Ensure that technology implementation provides ROI and perform continued procedures such as application rationalization to optimize ROI of technology investment.

  3. Risk Management:
    Ensure that IT risk is considered, mitigated, and accounted for in the case of failure.

  4. Resource Management:
    Ensure company resources are easily accessible for stakeholders, backed up in the case of failure, and maintained in a state of confidential readiness.

How can you create an IT governance structure?

Creating a successful and productive IT governance structure involves four important steps:

  1. Understand the basics and structure of how your organization uses technology
  2. Prioritize business objectives and understand how IT governance can contribute to those objectives
  3. Design and implement processes and systems that help achieve actionable progress towards greater business success
  4. Communicate with relevant stakeholders to gauge the success of relevant processes, breed adoption, and adjust accordingly

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