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IT Governance Defined

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.


IT governance frameworks

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

The challenge, for many organisations, is to establish a coordinated, integrated framework that draws on all three of these standards. Leading books on the subject are:

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Subdomains of IT governance

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

This site provides extensive information and advice on IT governance, as well as:


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, and the IT Governance 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.

Find further green IT products , including cutting-edge texts, support manuals, and standards on both green IT and the environmental management standard ISO 14001 on our website.


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