Every organisation needs a way of ensuring that their investments in IT are in line with company strategy, are generating business value and are mitigating risks. The mechanism for doing this is IT Governance. In an increasingly regulated business environment, and one where change is a constant feature, IT Governance can help to demonstrate regulatory compliance and can also facilitate change management.
The level of sophistication with which Governance is applied varies with the size and complexity of the organisation. One thing is sure, however. IT Governance is not just about technology and tools; it is fundamental to the ongoing alignment of IT with the business strategy, in the delivery of the company’s goals.
An Integrated Approach to IT Governance
According to the IT Governance Institute, the purpose of IT Governance is to ensure:
Reply delivers models, solutions and services to facilitate IT Governance and to help companies to deliver in each of these areas, so ensuring that their investments in IT are generating business value.
Responding to Change
IT Governance is particularly important in providing the appropriate controls around change to ensure consistency of change delivery. Reply’s consultants work with companies on the ‘cornerstone’ of IT Governance, the IT roadmap. This is driven by the business strategy and is effectively a ‘blueprint’, extending forward. The traceability inherent in the roadmap enables the impact of any change to a business goal, a capability, an application or planned /actual projects to be assessed. It is also possible to spot any duplication and to view underlying trends. This means that programmes that no longer deliver the business strategy or maximise investment in IT can be identified.
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