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IT Governance Defined

What is IT Governance?

IT governance is a framework that ensures your organisation’s IT infrastructure supports and enables the achievement of its corporate strategies and objectives. The full definition can be found in IT Governance – A Pocket Guide by Alan Calder.

The official IT governance standard is ISO/IEC 38500:2015. It sets out a straightforward framework for the board's governance of information and communications technology and is a key resource for IT governance professionals everywhere in the world.

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To find out more on IT governance, take a look at some of our leading books.

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What are ‘IT governance frameworks’?

There are three widely recognised, vendor-neutral, third-party frameworks that are often described as ‘IT governance frameworks’. Although on their own they are not completely adequate for that task, each has significant IT governance strengths:

Subdomains of IT governance

In addition to the three frameworks listed above, there are many subdomains of IT governance, including:

  • Business continuity and disaster recovery;
  • EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and DPA (Data Protection Act) compliance;
  • Information security and ISO 27001 IT service management, including ITIL and service level management;
  • Knowledge management, including intellectual capital;
  • Project governance; and
  • Risk management.

Key considerations for implementing IT governance

  • Calder-Moir IT Governance Framework

    IT governance is a critical component of corporate governance and the Calder-Moir IT Governance Framework provides structured guidance on how to approach this complex subject. The framework also provides a useful tool for benchmarking the balance and effectiveness of IT governance practices within an organisation. The Calder-Moir IT Governance Framework Toolkit provides practical assistance and guidance for practitioners and board members who are tackling the subject.

  • IT governance auditing

    As IT governance plays such a key role in strategic performance, internal auditors are expected to include auditing IT governance in their work plans.

  • Green IT

    An increasingly relevant subject to IT governance is green IT. In the same way that IT governance is critical to the corporate governance of an organisation, green IT has become essential to the decision making, framework building and business processes of IT governance.

    We offer a wide range of green IT products, including cutting-edge texts, support manuals, and standards on both green IT and the environmental management standard, ISO 14001. 

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Solutions to establish an IT governance framework

The challenge for many organisations is to establish a coordinated, integrated framework that draws on all three of these IT governance frameworks. We have a selection of free resources that provide more information about the frameworks and the subdomains of IT governance. We also have a wide range of products and services, including books, toolkits and training courses, that can support your organisation’s compliance with these frameworks.

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If you need assistance assessing your infrastructure, or require support integrating the standards and key components of the IT governance framework, get in touch with our experts today. We can help you determine the best steps forward and advise on which of our services would be best suited to your organisation.