Archives for Governance

Value Management

follow url “Creating business value”, or “adding value” are terms that we frequently hear today, as organizations seek to expand, or even survive in a very competitive and often global environment. Often, a lot of the planned value creation takes the form…

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Cost-Value

Measuring Business Value

go to link There are so many differing metrics potentially used within IT management today that it is challenging not only to decide which metrics to gather and analyze but which metrics to communicate to drive desired outcomes. The old axiom “what gets…

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Motivation

Measurable Motivation

In recent times, managing teams has become progressively more challenging.  It is a well known fact that keeping people focussed and motivated in achieving an organisation’s objectives is a “must” in corporate survival. Happy and motivated employees will help drive…

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Dollar Value

Intelligence & Value

To be competitive, business executives must draw business insights from the vast pool of raw data that is at their disposal and put those insights into better business use. Enterprises gain greater business values not simply by collecting and archiving…

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Quality Team

Certification & Value

 The CEO’s innocent announcement froze all in the room. “We need ISO 20000 certification!… we must demonstrate to our customer that we bring value to their business.” Wait. Did we hear value and certification in the same breath? How were…

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Security Bubble

Bursting the Bubble

My favourite definition of risk management is by Borge who states: “Risk Management means taking deliberate action to shift the odds in your favour – increasing the odds of good outcomes and reducing the odds of bad outcomes”. So with…

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Price of Speed

Price of Speed

Many organisations are seeking to optimise their processes to deliver more functionality, faster AND at a lower cost. However, the objectives of faster delivery and lower costs; may in fact be in contention. Although the IT department responds to change…

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Apples & Oranges

IT Governance Frameworks

The Information Systems Audit and Control Foundation (ISACF) created the first edition of the Control Objectives for Information and related Technologies (COBIT) in 1996. The COBIT framework has been evolving since and is now an important, internationally accepted perspective on…

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Governance Backlash

The financial crisis has regulators, governments, and the media focused on economic stimulus. However tough questions will soon be asked about what went wrong. Ineffective governance will be one of the first targets, and it won’t be just the financial…

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Real-Time Governance

Effective application control has the ability to track a process as it is executed and inject the appropriate decision-making to influence the outcome. In this article, the promise of real-time application controls is explored as it offers a fundamental shift…

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Governance History

Governance is not a new concept. While it might be fashionable to talk about it now with recent highly publicized corporate failures, the need for management oversight has been around for as long as we moved to a professional management…

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