IT Governance

IT Governance: Top 10 Definitions

“The processes, policies, relationships, and mechanisms that ensure that information technology delivers business value while balancing risk and investment decisions. IT governance ensures accountability and provides rigor for managing IT capabilities in the context of a larger corporate governance framework.” (Evan Levy & Jill Dyché, “Customer Data Integration”, 2006)

“IT governance is the system and structure for defining policy and monitoring and controlling the policy implementation, and managing and coordinating the procedures and resources aimed at ensuring the efficient and effective execution of services.” (Anton Joha & Marijn Janssen, “The Strategic Determinants of Shared Services”, 2008)

“Structure of relationships and processes to direct and control the IT enterprise to achieve IT’s goals by adding value while balancing risk versus return over IT and its processes.” (IT Governance Institute, “IT Governance Implementation Guide, Using COBIT and Val IT”, 2010)

“The function of ensuring that the enterprise’s IT activities match and support the organization’s strategies and objectives. Governance is very often associated with budgeting, project management, and compliance activities.” (Bill Holtsnider & Brian D Jaffe, “IT Manager’s Handbook” 3rd Ed, 2012)

“Controls and process to improve the effectiveness of information technology; also, the primary way that stakeholders can ensure that investments in IT create business value and contribute toward meeting business objectives.” (Robert F Smallwood, “Information Governance: Concepts, Strategies, and Best Practices”, 2014)

“The framework of rules and practices by which an organization structures its technology decision-making process in order to ensure alignment of the organization’s business strategy with its operations.” (David K Pham, “From Business Strategy to Information Technology Roadmap”, 2016)

“Set of methods and techniques for reaching full alignment between business strategy and IT strategy.” (Dalia S Vugec, “IT Strategic Grid: A Longitudinal Multiple Case Study”, 2019)

“The structures, processes, and mechanisms by which the current and future use of ICT is directed and controlled.” (Konstantinos Tsilionis & Yves Wautelet, “Aligning Strategic-Driven Governance of Business IT Services With Their Agile Development: A Conceptual Modeling-Based Approach”, 2021)

“IT governance (ITG) is defined as the processes that ensure the effective and efficient use of IT in enabling an organization to achieve its goals.” (Gartner)

“The system by which the current and future use of IT is directed and controlled, Corporate Governance of IT involves evaluating and directing the use of IT to support the organisation and monitoring this use to achieve plans.” (ISO/IEC 38500)

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