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IT Governance – Key IT Governance Frameworks – COBIT(10 of 16)

Another framework widely accepted is the Control Objectives for IT known as CoBIT. CoBIT is another approach to standardize good information technology security and control practices. This is done by providing tools to assess and measure the performance of 34 different IT processes within an organization. The IT Governance Institute is responsible for CoBIT. ITIL …

IT Governance – Key IT Governance Frameworks – ITIL (9 of 16)

The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) originated in the public sector of Great Britain in the 1980s as a framework of standards for IT services. ITIL continues to be widely adopted across the world by organizations of all sizes and industries. Recent Forrester research has estimated that ITIL adoption among billion-dollar companies will increase to 40% …

IT Governance – Key IT Governance Frameworks (8 of 16)

To assist a school or university and deploying IT governance procedures and policies, several standard frameworks have been created over the past 30 years. All of the frameworks are situational, good and have their place within an organization. However it has been the experience of this author that there is no single best way to …

IT Governance – Monitoring Results and IT Effectiveness (7 of 16)

Once the previous four components have been implemented, organizations must ensure that IT is continuing to add value to the operation. That value can only be proven if performance metrics can be established, monitored and tracked. Through the establishment of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), schools or universities can gauge relative success of given IT projects …

IT Governance – Continuous Management of IT Resources (6 of 16)

The dynamic nature of today’s educational environment combined with the rapid pace of technological change means that IT management must be dynamic and flexible to changes in the marketplace. So IT managers need to be dynamically managing all IT resources, including staffing, systems, outsourcing, services, education and others. Included within this component is sustaining a …

IT Governance – Business Process Mapping and Harmonization (5 of 16)

Schools and universities must be able to link business processes to IT systems and assets so that they can view the interdependence between those processes. Using any or all of the IT best practice frameworks also helps organizations harmonize control and security practices, simplifying control testing efforts. By implementing a top-down approach that maps business …

IT Governance-Management of IT Risk (4 of 16)

So you’ve become a CIO, you’ve worked at creating policies, processes and strategy and you just became the “golden boy” in the eyes of the Board of Directors; so what’s next. Simply this, you now must learn to manage risk of the policies, processes and strategy. Technology risks can range from security related issues such …

IT Governance – Creation of Policies, Processes and Strategy (3 of 16)

This is the third installment of the IT Governance posts. In implementing an IT governance model, the creation of policies, processes and strategy is generally the first toolsets implemented. In its most basic form, this concept covers areas such as information security policies, defining acceptable employee usage of applications and systems and establishing appropriate process …

Defining IT Governance (2 of 16)

No amount of research can generate a single, definitive definition of what educational IT governance really is. Vendors, analysts, and academicians all define IT governance slightly different and even their definitions change on an annual basis. My view of IT governance, in its simplest form, is about understanding technology and technology-related risks relative to the …

Martin’s POV of IT Governance (1 of 16)

The last 50 years within educational technology have witnessed some of the greatest challenges in the strategic importance of technology to the overall administrative or educational initiatives. Schools and universities first began utilizing technology in the 1960s with the adoption of monolithic mainframes to conduct back-office data processing functions. In the ensuing years, IT has …