The Governance responsibilities:
Governance is applied by regulating influence to guide and control the actions and affairs of management and the rest of the organisation. The person or team who carries the responsibility for governance is accountable for the performance and conformance of the company. The basics of the IT governance team in any organisation should include the design, implementation and on-going compliance with these five responsibilities:
1. Determine the objectives for IT
The objectives explain the purpose of IT and define how the organisation will fulfil the purpose. The objectives often included IT vision or mission statements and implementation by using a strategic IT plan.
2. Design and implement the IT governance framework
The framework design blueprint should include the objectives for IT, policies, governance principles, IT Governance roles with responsibilities and processes. The framework must be aligned with the organization’s governance responsibilities and support the achievement of the organisation’s goals and objectives that aim to achieve. A framework that builds is recommended to utilise the industry standards and best practice frameworks such as COBIT as reference guides. The framework should be reviewed regularly and updated whenever required.
3. Define the ethics of the IT organization
Organisation ethics are usually based on morals and values. The rules or standards set shall shape how IT staff at all levels conduct performance within the organisation and set expectations of behaviours from each of them.
4. Create the culture of the IT organization
Create a culture that motivates IT staff to interact with people that is outside the IT domain. IT Governance success is depending on the team who takes responsibility seriously. Cultural change has to be led and nurtured by the top of IT to make it happen. An effective governance culture is the heart of the IT governance system where the people are willing to be governed and support the IT governance.
Ensuring compliance is an ongoing governance responsibility. It designs to ensure that IT continually meets any regulatory, statutory and legal obligations to support the organisation’s objectives while working within the defined ethical and cultural frameworks.
Figure 1: The Key IT Governance Roles and Responsibility by LinkedIn: Sherif Galal