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IT Governance

Information, and the technology that supports it, represents a very valuable asset for most organizations.  Industry best practices and research indicate that successful organizations recognize the benefits of their information resources and use them to drive the accomplishment of their missions.  In order for this to occur, there must be effective information technology governance processes including the appropriate structures and resources.

There are many driving forces for organizations to develop, refine, and implement effective governance for information resources.  Several of these drivers include:

  • The need for systems to be interoperable within and outside organizations
  • Rapidly growing complexities in information systems and technologies
  • Budget pressures with greater information system needs

Research on the topic of IT governance suggests that organizations that implement effective governance for their information resources would have a greater ability to meet the organization’s mission.  Studies indicate effective governance provides a decision making structure that focuses on ensuring information resource strategies are aligned with the overall organization’s strategy and that the appropriate balance of investments are made.  Specific benefits that may be derived include:

  • Greater information resources alignment with business needs
  • Broader strategic planning coordination
  • Improved efficiency, effectiveness and interoperability
  • Greater agility for meeting demands with a quicker response

At the end of this course, class participants should be able to:

  • Identify the 5 key components to IT Governance
  • Identify IT governance functions
  • Discuss the characteristics of successful IT Governance
  • Understand the potential roles of a PMO in IT Governance

This course can be provided in person or as a 5 hour webcast.