Great news! The public comment period for COBIT 5 has been extended to 18 September and already we’re hearing back from people that they appreciate the extra time to review the two exposure drafts and provide us with their input. This public comment on COBIT 5 is a critical step in the process of creating a global resource, and I encourage everyone to take a look at the documents and have their voices heard. Even if you only have time to comment on a small portion, we welcome your thoughts and ideas.
Two people who have provided comments shared insights into why they felt it was important to participate in this unique, once-in-a-lifetime, opportunity to be a part of such a large, influential international project.
Joanna K., CISA, said:
COBIT has been my favourite framework since 2003. First of all, I use it to perform IT audits. Version 4 and 4.1 have proved fantastic in helping me to provide my clients with an answer as to the level of alignment of their IT with the business, an assessment on the maturity of selected IT processes or a list of what needs to be changed or improved to have control over IT. So I was very curious to find out how COBIT 5 will support my clients and me in providing that same kind of information on IT governance in their organisations.
I am also a well-known COBIT trainer and academic lecturer. So again I have to be well prepared to provide my trainees with accurate information on the new or changed approach to IT governance found in COBIT 5. What better way to find out than to look at specific processes or problems and compare what is in COBIT 4.1 with what will be in COBIT 5?
I wish I had more time to look at it before the deadline for sending comments. But I will certainly continue going through the content of the COBIT 5 documents for my own benefit and to get to know the new framework better before I provide training and information to others.
Stephen R., CISM, CISSP, said:
My incentive was that we need people who are active in industry to review these frameworks and provide input so that the final product is useful to industry and then possibly adopted by industry.
“I find that often this is a desire to 'give back' but often there are few opportunities. Often the opportunity to participate as a volunteer committee member does not arise and so reviewing standards or certification questions provides a vehicle for satisfying the 'give back' desire.
Our COBIT 5 development team will review every comment from every person, so be assured that we appreciate your time and expertise. We know you are busy and have many projects at home and work that call for your attention. Just think of how great it will be when COBIT 5 is released next year, and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you were a part of this massive effort.
Ken Vander Wal, CISA, CPA
International President, ISACA and the IT Governance Institute
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