The COBIT Online home page shows the main functionalities of COBIT Online in the top bar: browsing, benchmarking and community. The home page provides some extra features such as a mechanism to provide feedback, a what's new section explaining changes in new releases, an overview of COBIT Online functions and a Help section (e.g. FAQ). By clicking on the book sign top right of the page, you get access to a detailed glossary.
From time to time, ISACA will initiate surveys and invite all COBIT Online users to participate. These surveys will cover usage of COBIT and will help to raise awareness of common COBIT issues/experiences amongst all users. The surveys will be announced on the home page.
The Browse All Contents functionality provides online search and view access to the COBIT content over the Internet, showing the results in web page format (see next screenshot). For each page, a print-friendly version can be requested and users can post feedback on the COBIT components via the feedback button. The Browse All Contents function is organised at COBIT process level (left vertical menu). For each COBIT process, each time a Process Importance Indicator is provided at the top right level. In each COBIT process, you can drill down into the Framework (F.W.), Control Objectives (C.O.), Inputs/Outputs (I/O), RACI, Goals & Metrics (G&M) and maturity models (M.M.). The Browse All Contents functionality also provides access to the IT Assurance Guidelines, the COBIT Control Practices, COBIT Quickstart (starting from Q3 2007) and to the Application Controls and Process Controls.
In some sections, extra content items are provided. For example, when browsing the C.O. (Control Objectives tab), you will see that extra attributes are linked to all the detailed Control Objectives, regarding effectiveness, expedience, sustainability, contribution and effort. (available from Q3 2007) More explanation about these attributes is provided when clicking the attribute name. Similar attributes are assigned in the G&M section.
The New Filter / My COBIT function provides an additional MyCOBIT facility enabling you create a COBIT extract adapted to your needs and to download the selected COBIT content onto your computer as either a Microsoft Word or Access template, for subsequent use offline. All or selected COBIT components (Framework, Control Objectives, Inputs & outputs, RACI chart, Goals & Metrics, Maturity Models) can be accessed, and they can be filtered based on several search criteria:
- process filter (select one or more COBIT processes)
- applicable information criteria filter (select one or more applicable information criteria)
- used resources filter (select one or more relevant IT resources)
- content filter (select one or more pre-defined themes)
- IT goal filter (select one or more pre-defined IT goals)
- Business goal filter (select one or more pre-defined business goals)
- Free text filter (use free text a search criterion)
The initial filtered results can be filtered further (add filter, edit filter) to fine-tune your selection afterwards. The resulting MyCOBIT selection can be browsed online and can also be downloaded in
- Microsoft Access format: The Access database provides a mdb format with all the tables, forms and reports fully available. This will create the possibility to adapt the database to your own needs.
- Microsoft Word Templates:The Word templates provide output in a choice of assessment forms or as a general text template. These can then be modified and edited to suit a particular need or used as is. The following figures show some examples of available templates:
The PDF downloads functionality provides the option to download PDFs of ITGI published documents that have been designated as freely available. Your subscription level determines which documents you can access, which consist of amongst others the following:
- Board Briefing on IT Governance (2nd Edition)
- COBIT 4.1
- Val IT Framework 2.0
- Risk IT Farmework
- Implementing and Continually Improving IT Governance
The Browsing functionality finally provides a COBIT summary table, summarising COBIT processes, information criteria and IT resources in one overall scheme, a matrix linking business goals to IT goals and a matrix linking IT goals to IT processes.
The Benchmarking facility enables users to input scores (such as process maturity levels, process importance, control objective importance, IT goal importance, IT process goal importance) and then extract anonymous comparisons with data input other users.
Every user of COBIT Online has a user profile based on geographic region, organisation size and industry, which will be associated with every benchmark score, thus enabling demographic comparisons to be made. Benchmark results can be viewed online in a spiderchart (e.g., average maturity levels over a domain) or a bar chart (e.g., distribution of maturity levels over a population). Benchmark data reflecting the subscriber's own profile can also be consulted without entering benchmark data.
A community section is available providing a venue for users to meet, post questions, reply to questions and exchange experiences.
The first screen is the content of a message board. New threads (= new subject) can be created and all messages belonging to a thread can be requested by clicking the thread.
When clicking on a thread, a new screen will open with all the available messages of a chosen subject. You can delete a message (by clicking the delete button) only if you have posted the message yourself. You can reply to a message by clicking the Reply button.