IT Governance FAQ’s
What is IT Governance?
IT Governance is about maximising the value of IT to your business. It’s distinct to managed IT services in that it’s not concerned with the daily overseeing of your business IT environment. More about ensuring the operations of your IT assets are aligned with your business results, IT Governance is essentially an ongoing process.
A process where decisions are made around IT investments, and whose focus is to “ensure the delivery of business results, not IT performance” (CIO Wiki ).
What are the benefits?
Aligns IT with overall strategy of business: The effective management of your IT investments means they’ll complement your business goals rather than detract from them.
Optimises your IT resources: Responsibly using your IT resources will contribute to organisational efficiency and saved costs.
Performance Measurement: COBIT benchmarks provide and ongoing provide an ongoing means of ensuring your IT investments are contributing to goal achievement.
Enhanced Decision Making: Management can make informed decisions on the control and implementation of IT activities.
Risk Management: Being aware of the risks associated with IT investments allows management to make decisions accordingly and to look at mitigation methods.
What is COBIT?
COBIT stands for Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology and is an internationally recognised IT governance framework. Smile IT uses COBIT to help your business create an IT strategy that adds value to your organisation and helps achieve your organisational goals.
COBIT provides the tools to analyse and measure your IT and make recommendations to structure it in alignment with your overall business strategy. It will help in integrating your IT with all your business departments, ensuring its part of a unified organisational vision.
How long does IT Governance need to go on for?
Effective IT Governance will look different depending on your organisational goals. It’s an ongoing process. Even when the initial targets identified in the early stages have been met and a review shows overall success, there will still be scope for continual improvement.
Smile IT is a managed service provider offering IT Governance in Brisbane and around Australia. If you want to chat to someone about how our IT Governance service can help your company achieve its goals, get in touch!