With the release of COBIT 5, ISACA have finally realised the potential that COBIT has as an IT Governance framework. Prior versions of COBIT, including 4.1, really didn’t function as IT Governance frameworks.
Prior to COBIT 5 there were several different frameworks such as VAL IT and Risk IT that could be bolted on to COBIT to make it a more encompassing framework. However, with the evolution of COBIT 5, these were integrated into COBIT, making it much more coherent.
COBIT 5 totally abandons the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) approach used in COBIT 4.1, being replaced with a focus on assessments based on the ISO/IEC 15504 standard. In general, COBIT 5 has a greater coherence and alignment with other best practice standards and frameworks – such as ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 38500, TOGAF and ITIL®.
With the coming of COBIT 5, I believe that COBIT 5 will do for IT governance what the iPad did for tablet computers – make IT governance a mainstream IT concern.
COBIT 5 and IT governance are inseparable.
COBIT 5 Books available from the IT Governance Webshop:
As well as the official publications, there are also a number of resources to help you implement and understand COBIT more fully. Take the COBIT 5 Documentation Toolkit for instance, which is designed to help you simplify the complex process of COBIT and provide you with the documentation for your project.
Alternatively, you can book on to the COBIT Foundation Training Course which includes the COBIT 5 Foundation exam from APMG.
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