IT Governance - Stay with the Basics

With a fast changing world, it's easy to lose sight of the basics. That can be costly. Some of the basic elements to remember  are:

  1. Stay in sync with business needs. Failure to do so could result in a proliferation of ad hoc "shadow" systems being developed.
  2. Don't let brand loyalty get in the way of good decisions, especially when more than one brand will get the job done.
  3. Remember right-sizing. Scale the jobs to what is needed.
  4. New tools will only work if there is the proper substructure in place, such as trained people who know how to ask the right questions.
  5. Go with phasing where possible, rather than big bang implementations.
  6. Do not make decisions in isolation.
  7. Be careful not to make decisions just for the sake of technology. The lustre of new shiny technologies can quickly wear off.
A good expanded summary of these elements can be found here.

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