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Top Governance Issues for 2011


What are the top IT governance issues for 2011 that we have to be aware of or deal with?

First we might have to define IT governance.

But here is my top 7. Can you suggest others?

1.       IT Risk management

2.       Establishing a Governance Framework or Enhancing the Existing Framework

3.       Sense of teamwork

4.       Budgets

5.       Role of Information Security

6.       Cloud Technology

7.       Continuous Auditing and Assurance

8.     

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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

Thank you for starting the discussion. 

I noticed you said, "first we might have to define IT Governance" before listing the top 10 priorities.  I don't have a top 10 list.  I have one top priority, if you will, my New Year's resolution. It's purely selfish as an IT Governance professional. That is

1. Ability to clearly and succinctly answer the question "What is Good IT Governance (and why do I care)?" in terms a non-IT Governance professional can understand.  

I believe the myriad of definitions and descriptions of what is IT Governance and what is good IT Governance are a huge barrier to our success as IT Governance professionals. We must make some progress in overcoming this barrier.  IT Governance seems to be the new "Quality".  It's subjective and very much dependent on the person using the term.  As a result, while I think I know good governance when I see it , what I see as good IT Governance is not the same as my IT Governance professional colleagues.  Too many times, when I talk to colleagues, clients and business partners - an IT Governance problem is something management isn't doing that the speaker thinks they should be doing.  (I'd love to see work on a new version of the CGEIT Job Practice that provides more clarity around IT Governance)
Debra MalletteSocial at 1/12/2011 9:11:03 PM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

Larry,

My #1 is figuring out how to integrate IT governance issues into the governance of the enterprise as a whole. For example, we should be integrating IT risk assessment and management with enterprise risk management, so that the board and executive management have an enterprise-wide view of risk.

IT risks are the impact of IT activities on the achievement of the organization's strategies, goals and objectives - typically by their impact on the effectiveness of business operations, rather than directly.

#2 is how to leverage technology to ensure the business (which includes IT) have the information necessary to run the business. The information must be relevant, timely, current, reliable, and complete. See this earlier blog by me.

#3 is to ensure we are not only managing the risks of new technology, but using it - to improve the busines, but also to improve IT governance practices.

I have written extensively about continuous auditing and monitoring, so am pleased to see it on your list.
Norman MarksEnergizer at 1/17/2011 5:25:37 PM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

I look at CobiT and use the four domains in the framework to define IT Governance. As an ISACA member, I subscribe to the CobiT framework and use it to perform my duties as a director of application development and maintenance services in the Alberta Government. I also expect the executives (e.g. CIO, CTO, CSO) and the entire IT community across the provincial government to understand and adopt the processes and controls that are defined and described in CobiT.

The difficult part is to determine what is good or bad IT governance. I believe you can have different benchmarks based on the type of business and size of the organization. That is, one organization might view IT risks as a high priority, while another prefer to act only when it is necessary. I think you have to put IT governance in the context of the business strategic goals and operational imperatives before you can truly determine when IT governance is good or bad.

I think the top governance issue in 2011 should be IT planning and financial management. Given the uncertainty of the economy around the globe, I would think most organizations (public and private) have to make sure investments in IT are aligned with business objectives and find ways to reduce costs without damaging quality or increasing risks to the organization. You can only do this or address this issue with "Good" IT governance.
david hoEnergizer at 1/31/2011 10:47:34 AM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

Sugiro o relacionamento da área de negócio e TI como item 8, pois tem sido cada vez mais recorrente a falta de entendimento da linguagem utilizada por cada uma das partes. A TI não entende o que o negócio espera da TI, e, consequentemente, o negócio não ver a TI como parte do negócio.
Simone Gonçalves de AlencarLively at 7/2/2011 8:07:04 PM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

I suggest the relationship of the business and IT as item 8, it has been increasinglyrecurring lack of understanding of the language used by each party. IT does not understand what the business expects from IT and, consequently, the business does not see IT as part of the business.
Simone Gonçalves de AlencarLively at 7/2/2011 8:08:52 PM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

I suggest the relationship of the business and IT as item 8, it has been increasinglyrecurring lack of understanding of the language used by each party. IT does not understand what the business expects from IT and, consequently, the business does not see IT as part of the business.
Simone Gonçalves de AlencarLively at 7/2/2011 8:08:52 PM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

Sugiro o relacionamento da área de negócio e TI como item 8, pois tem sido cada vez mais recorrente a falta de entendimento da linguagem utilizada por cada uma das partes. A TI não entende o que o negócio espera da TI, e, consequentemente, o negócio não ver a TI como parte do negócio.
Simone Gonçalves de AlencarLively at 7/2/2011 8:07:04 PM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

I look at CobiT and use the four domains in the framework to define IT Governance. As an ISACA member, I subscribe to the CobiT framework and use it to perform my duties as a director of application development and maintenance services in the Alberta Government. I also expect the executives (e.g. CIO, CTO, CSO) and the entire IT community across the provincial government to understand and adopt the processes and controls that are defined and described in CobiT.

The difficult part is to determine what is good or bad IT governance. I believe you can have different benchmarks based on the type of business and size of the organization. That is, one organization might view IT risks as a high priority, while another prefer to act only when it is necessary. I think you have to put IT governance in the context of the business strategic goals and operational imperatives before you can truly determine when IT governance is good or bad.

I think the top governance issue in 2011 should be IT planning and financial management. Given the uncertainty of the economy around the globe, I would think most organizations (public and private) have to make sure investments in IT are aligned with business objectives and find ways to reduce costs without damaging quality or increasing risks to the organization. You can only do this or address this issue with "Good" IT governance.
david hoEnergizer at 1/31/2011 10:47:34 AM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

Larry,

My #1 is figuring out how to integrate IT governance issues into the governance of the enterprise as a whole. For example, we should be integrating IT risk assessment and management with enterprise risk management, so that the board and executive management have an enterprise-wide view of risk.

IT risks are the impact of IT activities on the achievement of the organization's strategies, goals and objectives - typically by their impact on the effectiveness of business operations, rather than directly.

#2 is how to leverage technology to ensure the business (which includes IT) have the information necessary to run the business. The information must be relevant, timely, current, reliable, and complete. See this earlier blog by me.

#3 is to ensure we are not only managing the risks of new technology, but using it - to improve the busines, but also to improve IT governance practices.

I have written extensively about continuous auditing and monitoring, so am pleased to see it on your list.
Norman MarksEnergizer at 1/17/2011 5:25:37 PM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

Thank you for starting the discussion. 

I noticed you said, "first we might have to define IT Governance" before listing the top 10 priorities.  I don't have a top 10 list.  I have one top priority, if you will, my New Year's resolution. It's purely selfish as an IT Governance professional. That is

1. Ability to clearly and succinctly answer the question "What is Good IT Governance (and why do I care)?" in terms a non-IT Governance professional can understand.  

I believe the myriad of definitions and descriptions of what is IT Governance and what is good IT Governance are a huge barrier to our success as IT Governance professionals. We must make some progress in overcoming this barrier.  IT Governance seems to be the new "Quality".  It's subjective and very much dependent on the person using the term.  As a result, while I think I know good governance when I see it , what I see as good IT Governance is not the same as my IT Governance professional colleagues.  Too many times, when I talk to colleagues, clients and business partners - an IT Governance problem is something management isn't doing that the speaker thinks they should be doing.  (I'd love to see work on a new version of the CGEIT Job Practice that provides more clarity around IT Governance)
Debra MalletteSocial at 1/12/2011 9:11:03 PM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

Thank you for starting the discussion. 

I noticed you said, "first we might have to define IT Governance" before listing the top 10 priorities.  I don't have a top 10 list.  I have one top priority, if you will, my New Year's resolution. It's purely selfish as an IT Governance professional. That is

1. Ability to clearly and succinctly answer the question "What is Good IT Governance (and why do I care)?" in terms a non-IT Governance professional can understand.  

I believe the myriad of definitions and descriptions of what is IT Governance and what is good IT Governance are a huge barrier to our success as IT Governance professionals. We must make some progress in overcoming this barrier.  IT Governance seems to be the new "Quality".  It's subjective and very much dependent on the person using the term.  As a result, while I think I know good governance when I see it , what I see as good IT Governance is not the same as my IT Governance professional colleagues.  Too many times, when I talk to colleagues, clients and business partners - an IT Governance problem is something management isn't doing that the speaker thinks they should be doing.  (I'd love to see work on a new version of the CGEIT Job Practice that provides more clarity around IT Governance)
Debra MalletteSocial at 1/12/2011 9:11:03 PM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

Larry,

My #1 is figuring out how to integrate IT governance issues into the governance of the enterprise as a whole. For example, we should be integrating IT risk assessment and management with enterprise risk management, so that the board and executive management have an enterprise-wide view of risk.

IT risks are the impact of IT activities on the achievement of the organization's strategies, goals and objectives - typically by their impact on the effectiveness of business operations, rather than directly.

#2 is how to leverage technology to ensure the business (which includes IT) have the information necessary to run the business. The information must be relevant, timely, current, reliable, and complete. See this earlier blog by me.

#3 is to ensure we are not only managing the risks of new technology, but using it - to improve the busines, but also to improve IT governance practices.

I have written extensively about continuous auditing and monitoring, so am pleased to see it on your list.
Norman MarksEnergizer at 1/17/2011 5:25:37 PM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

I look at CobiT and use the four domains in the framework to define IT Governance. As an ISACA member, I subscribe to the CobiT framework and use it to perform my duties as a director of application development and maintenance services in the Alberta Government. I also expect the executives (e.g. CIO, CTO, CSO) and the entire IT community across the provincial government to understand and adopt the processes and controls that are defined and described in CobiT.

The difficult part is to determine what is good or bad IT governance. I believe you can have different benchmarks based on the type of business and size of the organization. That is, one organization might view IT risks as a high priority, while another prefer to act only when it is necessary. I think you have to put IT governance in the context of the business strategic goals and operational imperatives before you can truly determine when IT governance is good or bad.

I think the top governance issue in 2011 should be IT planning and financial management. Given the uncertainty of the economy around the globe, I would think most organizations (public and private) have to make sure investments in IT are aligned with business objectives and find ways to reduce costs without damaging quality or increasing risks to the organization. You can only do this or address this issue with "Good" IT governance.
david hoEnergizer at 1/31/2011 10:47:34 AM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

Sugiro o relacionamento da área de negócio e TI como item 8, pois tem sido cada vez mais recorrente a falta de entendimento da linguagem utilizada por cada uma das partes. A TI não entende o que o negócio espera da TI, e, consequentemente, o negócio não ver a TI como parte do negócio.
Simone Gonçalves de AlencarLively at 7/2/2011 8:07:04 PM Quote
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RE: Top Governance Issues for 2011

I suggest the relationship of the business and IT as item 8, it has been increasinglyrecurring lack of understanding of the language used by each party. IT does not understand what the business expects from IT and, consequently, the business does not see IT as part of the business.
Simone Gonçalves de AlencarLively at 7/2/2011 8:08:52 PM Quote
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