A new COBIT® is in town and I really like how this looks.

ISACA released the latest version of the framework this month and I can tell you without hesitation that this latest structure is one of the best governance and management frameworks to date for the governance and management of enterprise IT. The first two books of COBIT 2019 have been released with additional publications to follow soon. If you haven’t taken

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Integrating Enterprise and IT Risk Functions Using Scenarios

The challenges that organizations face today are increasingly more complex than in the past. The constant change of the global economy, dynamics of business risks and opportunities, and an increased threat of cyberattacks add complexities we’ve never faced. Organizations today must constantly scan their environments and take practical steps to make risk-informed decisions that provide value for stakeholders. It is

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Solving Framework Fatigue. Using COBIT5 to Manage Frameworks and Achieve Business Value

With a multitude of models, standards, bodies of knowledge and frameworks in our industry, it’s easy to see how navigating through these becomes utterly exhausting for an IT service organization. The jigsaw puzzle of frameworks is daunting. Frameworks, whether adopted from industry models or built internally, provide critical structure. Nonetheless, many feel that they are a hindrance. If this sounds

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Using Multiple Guidance Systems for the Governance of Enterprise IT

The most secured company in the world I’ve been known to tell a story about when my CEO rounded up the executive management team (I was the CIO at the time) and pounded us with the question: “Why are we going out of business as the most secured company in the world?” We couldn’t believe it. There must be some

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Tips to gaining executive support for IT Governance initiatives

The hardest question I get as an IT governance advisor is, “how do I get executive level support for our IT governance program?”  Surprisingly, this question, which comes from operations as well as executives, is not an isolated issue.  As you might expect, the answer usually starts with “it depends.”  As in, “It depends on what?”  Adopting good governance practices

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Why am I a huge fan of COBIT?

COBIT5 has been around for a couple of years now, so I should probably stop referring to it as the new release and simply call it the latest.  I was introduced to COBIT back in version 4.0, and have since been involved in several opportunities to use COBIT5.  There are many cool things about it, and it’s difficult to outline

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The difference between governance and management

By now, it should be understood (through legislation, regulations, standards, etc.) that boards, executives, and IT must collaborate in order to gain alignment and provide value for stakeholders.  The inherent challenge with this is how to do it right when determining how to both govern and manage enterprise IT.  There has been a lot of buzz these days about how

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MOF – an ideal service management framework addition

As IT service providers move up the enterprise value contribution ladder, the need for a repeatable and reliable service management framework becomes clear.  There are several to choose from – most notably the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL).  ITIL continues to be one of the best known in our industry.  However, you may be surprised to learn that there is another

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One part ITIL, one part COBIT

Framework Overload Considering the many challenges faced by IT service providers today, leveraging frameworks to assist in managing and controlling IT services is a logical, yet difficult task.  With so many best practices in the market today, how can you know which ones are applicable?  There are several methodologies and frameworks competing for the attention of IT leadership, and they

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Innovation? There’s a process for that!

In order to achieve competitive advantage, business must continually strive to innovate.  Innovation, coupled with improved operational effectiveness and efficiency can exploit and leverage information technology that results in greater business value and potentially market share.  In order to overcome the famous “open door, closed minded” policies that wreak havoc on thriving businesses, innovation must be understood, recognized and encouraged.

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