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CIOs need to do better in IT governance - at least according to this article by Antony Savvas. In an IT governance summit in London, Gartner explained that CIOs are missing the valuable credential of knowing how to use IT governance to propel succes

CIOs Told To Polish Up Their Governance

CIOs need to do better in IT governance – at least according to this article by Antony Savvas. In an IT governance summit in London, Gartner explained that CIOs are missing the valuable credential of knowing how to use IT governance to propel success in IT and the business. The ability to use governance for competitive advantage is, as Gartner explained, the difference between high performing organizations and simply middle-of-the-road ones. CIOs, as Savvas explains, need to manage the two dimensions of governance: CIOs needed to manage two dimensions of governance. First, is governance as a decision-making framework that reflects the organisation's goals and priorities, and how the organisation intends to achieve them. Second, are governance processes that cover the structures and methods the organisation uses to execute and institutionalise the governance framework. Once a governance process is put in place successfully, IT can expect to see less conflict between stakeholders, better tracking of finances and, of course, better reaction times to competitive threats. Governance at any level will also bring the ability to more accurately track effort and  improve business performance. However, it's not a simple matter of implementing strong IT governance – as Savvas explains, communication is key to make sure the plan comes off without issue. Communicating between the governance body and stakeholder is the most important element for the CIO to look after. Without this communication, any governance effort will not succeed.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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