COBIT 5: A year on – Dr Geoff Harmer reflects

It’s just over a year since COBIT 4.1 became COBIT 5 and during this time IT Governance Ltd has helped over 90 professionals to prepare for ISACA’s COBIT 5 Foundation exam.

The COBIT 5 framework includes significant changes to its predecessor, such as the addition of a new governance domain, the integration of the VAL IT and Risk IT Frameworks and alignment with ITIL, TOGAF, ISO 27001 and many other internationally-recognised frameworks and standards.

Dr Geoff Harmer, our ISACA approved COBIT 5 trainer, reflects on how the updated framework has been received by professionals attending COBIT 5 Foundation training.

Interest in COBIT 5 is growing rapidly

The interest in COBIT 5 is growing rapidly, from a whole range of well-known organisations and from many countries.  In addition to UK-based delegates, I’ve taught professionals from countries across Europe and the Middle East on my courses in London. I’ve also run in-house training in Europe too.

All my delegates have been highly motivated and experienced, keen to develop their ability to fully understand Governance of Enterprise IT (GEIT) and the content of COBIT 5, in order implement GEIT (otherwise known as IT Governance) in their organisation.

The new 7 Enablers are a hit

Delegates expect a framework to contain processes, which of course COBIT 5 does, but it is the recognition of a unique and fundamental aspect of COBIT 5 – the 7 Enablers – that generates much interest. They provide a clear vision of what is needed throughout an organisation to ensure that IT Governance is properly implemented.

In addition to this, the COBIT 5 Goals Cascade – used as a key exercise during the COBIT 5 Foundation course – allows delegates to make decisions on which COBIT 5 processes are important to ensuring their organisation’s stakeholder needs and enterprise goals are delivered.

COBIT 5’s flexibility can deliver IT governance in EVERY organisation

Another aspect of COBIT 5 that appeals to delegates is the wide range of processes that cover all aspects of governance and management. These processes are derived from, and encourage linking with, over 80 other frameworks and international standards, meaning that COBIT 5 can fully address every organisation’s requirements for IT governance.  

Self-assessment in COBIT 5 is consistent and reliable

Finally, delegates like the fact that COBIT 5 uses the international standard ISO 15504 for process assessment. This means that assessment can be both reliable and consistent, whether it is conducted internally or by external auditors.

There are exciting things on the COBIT 5 horizon for this year too.

In May 2013, ISACA launched new syllabuses for the COBIT 5 Implementation and COBIT 5 Assessor qualifications, which means that COBIT 5 Foundation certificate holders can look forward to developing their skills at a more advanced level. Watch this space.

If you’re interested in developing your IT governance skills and think that COBIT 5 training could help …

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