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Governance of IT

An executive guide to ISO/IEC 38500

Alison Holt (author)

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ISBN: 9781780171548
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 170 x 244
Number of pages: 146
Publication date: 02 SEP 2013
Publisher: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Directors and government ministers across the world are increasingly being held accountable for failed IT systems, data loss and poor decisions about their organisation’s data. The answer lies in IT professionals working in parallel with their governing body to create an environment where information and information systems can be accessed and used by the appropriate stakeholders. Written in two halves, this valuable book is designed to bridge the gap between the governing body and CIOs/ IT managers. It will help them to create a safe and robust governance framework for their organisation by applying the principles of the ISO Governance of IT Standard 38500 on directing, evaluating and monitoring IT activity.
An expert in corporate governance of IT and sustainability management, A. L. Holt is Director and Founder of Longitude 174 Limited and a board member of two charitable trusts. She studied mathematics at Imperial College, London and went on to spent the next 20+ years working internationally in a variety of roles from systems analyst through to CIO. She joined the world of standards development in 2005, and has enjoyed leading a group that identifies market needs, assesses academic research and delivers timely and relevant international standards.
'A fascinating take on what too many businesspeople - wrongly - think is a dry subject. Profoundly valuable for any business venture and also engaging and entertaining. I thoroughly recommend it.'
Simon Walker, Director General, Institute of Directors

'This well written and engaging book…provides thoughtful, practical solutions for managing IT in order to maximize its positive impact and minimize risks.'
Craig Nevill-Manning, Engineering Director, Google

'This book is an excellent companion to the ISO/IEC 38500 standard. It provides guidance on how to implement and maintain effective governance of IT within your organisation. This is an essential reference for anyone in governance or executive management in any organisation.'
Rob England, "The IT Skeptic"

'...a very practical walk-through of all the main governance dimensions - people, policies and process - and how to address each in order to be successful.'
Adrian Rossi PhD, CTO & Founder ARC Inc
PART A – Introduction to IT Governance
History of corporate governance
Setting IT in the context of corporate governance
Introduction to the IT governance standard – ISO/IEC 38500
The standard in detail
Ongoing development work
Benefits of good IT governance
Review of PART A – Introduction to IT Governance
The standard - 38500
Where to go from here?
PART B – Implementing IT Governance
Before you start on implementation
Getting there – Developing a plan
Arriving at the destination - Executing the plan
Staying there - Managing the IT governance framework
Moving forward - Optimising the IT governance framework
Review of PART B – Implementing IT Governance
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IT Governance up to now, has been a ‘cocktail’ or Potpourri of standards, frameworks and tools that depend on a variety of cultures and environments. This book is intended to give a clear guide to using this recently defined standard for IT Governance.,,The book itself is divided into 2 parts:,,- A detailed introduction to the governance process, including a description of the standard itself. This is aimed at managers responsible for developing a governance framework in an organisation.,- A guide to practical implementation, which takes you through using the standard, step by step. This aimed at the CIO who will deliver the framework.,,There is a handy guide to the process at the front of the book, in the form of checklists. These checklists make the book easy to navigate for both those developing the framework and the CIO. Having both parts in one book also makes it easy to reference between process and implementation. ,,The book is quite thorough and, with stories, quite easy to digest. However, I was a little concerned that there was quite sharp focus on the directly related IT activity. This may be a criticism of the standard itself, but I would like to have seen more about managers demonstrating some leadership, rather than doggedly following a step-by-step process. More non-IT context would have raised it to greater relevance. It also assumes that CIOs have little understanding of the need for standards, and the book makes a strong case for the need. Having said that, if you want to understand what the standard entails, this is a very readable way to do it. The key six principles are clearly described and are usefully accompanied by excellent analogies and examples of using the principles in practice.,,The shorter second part takes you through the process, step-by-step, beginning with activities needed before implementation, through to optimising it afterwards. I particularly liked the practical principle of utilising existing documentation and processes rather than re-inventing them. I am guessing that the author is from New Zealand, as many of the examples hail from there!,,Overall, the book is easy to read, thorough and a useful guide to the IT Governance standard. ,
05(Jacqui Hogan)

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