Get the board on board for 2013-14March 8th, 2013 by James Warren
“IT Governance is a framework that makes sure your organisation’s IT infrastructure supports and enables the achievement of corporate strategies and objectives”
Put more directly:
- IT governance ensures your IT puts you ahead of the competition
- IT governance gives your customers confidence in your systems
- IT governance makes sure you comply with the law
- IT governance helps keep your projects running to time, to budget and to scope
But it’s incredible how little board-level folk tend to understand about the subject.
Ask them if their IT strategy and processes are aligned to the organisational strategy and you’ll most likely get an “of course!” But then ask them to explain their IT governance framework and you’ll probably be directed to the IT manager.
It’s in their interest to know this stuff. Unless your IT resources are 100% aligned to your organisational strategy, you cannot hope to achieve optimal efficiency or profitability. And that alignment won’t happen without absolute board backing.
A very brief guide to selling IT governance to the board
1. A gentle introduction
Written by IT Governance CEO, Alan Calder, our free green paper is a perfect (and brief) introduction to the subject of IT governance for board members. Written in clear, non-technical language, this paper makes a business-focussed case for adopting IT governance best practice.
Perfect train or lunchtime (but a little fast-paced for bedtime) reading. Download ‘Selling IT Governance to the Board’ from this page: www.itgovernance.co.uk/green-papers.aspx
2. Get their buy-in
Now the board understand the benefits (financial and strategic) of taking IT governance seriously, you’ll probably need to explain the next steps to them.
These books will give you a good grounding in the concepts and practicalities of IT governance:
3. Emphasise their role
As we said above, the key to effective IT governance is making sure those at the top are engaged, informed and committed.
IT Governance – Guidelines for Directors builds on our green paper to drive home the benefits of adopting best practice as well as going into more detail on what the project will actually involve for them.
4. Get yourself off to a quick start
To be honest, you probably won’t find the path to this point as simple and quick as this list implies, but with some luck (and a little salesmanship) you should get the nod to start your project.
At this stage, we have three things that will be really useful to you: Toolkits, Training and Consultancy.
Fancy going it alone? That’s fine. Our IT Governance Documentation Framework will cut a lot of the corners for you.
It contains nearly 1,600 pages of templated documents that you will need to implement an IT governance framework compliant to the international standard (ISO/IEC 38500).
It’s also based on the Calder-Moir framework, which means it will integrate with ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27002, PRINCE2, PMBOK, TOGAF, ISO/IEC 20000. Handy.
Need to top-up your knowledge? Our 3-day Certified IT Governance Training course will cover every aspect of your project – from the theory to the practice – leaving you with an accredited qualification and a clear picture on how to achieve IT/Business alignment.
Still a bit lost? Our consultants are on hand to help. They will act as both leader and coach for your project, making sure best practice is implemented as effectively as possible, whilst making sure you’re involved enough not to be left feeling dazed and lost the moment they leave the building.