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Governance: finding the right path

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What springs to mind when people mention IT governance? All too often, we think 'bureaucracy'. We've all seen the decisions queued up for discussion at some governance committee, the endless round of compliance checks, the audits. We've read the thick policy manuals (or at least pretended to). We've filled in the checklists. We've spent time working out how to avoid the governance police.

It doesn't have to be like that. Compliance is only a peripheral aspect of IT governance. The core of governance is decision making – setting up structures and processes that support people to make good decisions in an efficient way.

So what is governance? The Institute on Governance (www.iog.ca) defines it as: “The process whereby societies or organisations make important decisions, determine whom they involve and how they render account”.

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NCC Weekly News Update 15 April 2013

 

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