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PO1.2 - Business-IT Alignment

This topic is intended to enable collaboration and sharing of information to facilitate a better understanding and approach to implementing this COBIT control objective based on the risk, value and guidance provided by its corresponding control practices.

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Business-IT Alignment

Establish processes of bi-directional education and reciprocal involvement in strategic planning to achieve business and IT alignment and integration. Mediate between business and IT imperatives so priorities can be mutually agreed.

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Value Drivers

  • IT aligned with the organisation’s mission and goals
  • IT enabling the achievement of the strategic business objectives
  • Optimised return on IT investment
  • Opportunities for innovation identified and exploited
  Risk Drivers
  • IT seen as a cost factor
  • The enterprise’s mission not being supported by its IT
  • IT management decisions not following the business direction
  • Lack of common understanding of business and IT priorities, leading to conflicts about allocation of resources and priorities
  • Missed opportunities to exploit new IT capabilities

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  1. Ensure that IT informs enterprise management and key stakeholders on the current technology environment, possible future trends and value opportunities for the business.
  2. Ensure that enterprise management and key stakeholders discuss with IT management future business directions and enterprise goals to collaborate and develop a common understanding of the potential for IT to enable business goals.
  3. Ensure that IT management contributes to business strategy planning and identifies capabilities available to support enterprise goals and other opportunities to contribute to business value.
  4. Make the scope of the IT strategic and planning initiatives enterprisewide such that they address, document and consider all business and support activities.
  5. Ensure current and future business and IT alignment by:
    • Technology creating opportunities that the business can turn into enterprise benefits
    • Involving IT management in the development of enterprise goals to recognise opportunities and current capability limitations
  6. Align business imperatives and priorities with IT capabilities to establish enterprise priorities for inclusion in the IT strategic plan.
  7. In conjunction with business representatives, document a prioritised list of business products, services and processes that are critically dependent on IT.

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COBIT5 provides a  goals cascade based on stekeholder needs drivng enterprise goals drivingIT-related goals and then supported by critical processes.  COBIT5 helps ensure strategic alignment and drives what to do, supported by theenterprise goals to IT-re...
ahmet | 9/5/2014 4:16:40 AM | COMMENTS(0)

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