IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results

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Harvard Business Press, 2004 - Business & Economics - 269 pages
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Seventy percent of all IT projects fail—and scores of books have attempted to help firms measure and manage IT systems and processes better in order to turn this figure around

In this book, IT experts Peter D. Weill and Jeanne W. Ross argue that the real reason IT fails to deliver value is that companies have no formal system in place for guiding and monitoring IT decisions.

Their research shows that firms with explicit IT governance systems have twice the profit of firms with poor governance, given the same strategic objectives. Just as corporate governance systems aim to ensure quality decisions about corporate assets, the authors show, companies need IT governance systems to ensure that IT investments are made wisely and effectively.

 

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Moderately Enjoyable Book
I recently read this book as part of an IT Book read. Some of my colleagues read other books associated with IT and we each reported on our readings. This book had many
detailed insights and ideas on improving the IT in ones specific industry. It was repeated often good IT governance is management who could "Define IT."
I am not saying I am an expert in IT after this book or by any means could really govern IT. The case studies were very interesting and I understood the importance of continually updating your IT. This book may have been better for me at another time in my life. I didn't find it to interesting, but there is some great ideas on bringing your company together and successfully implementing IT principles.
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Contents

IT Governance Simultaneously Empowers and Controls
1
Five Key IT Decisions Making IT a Strategic Asset
25
IT Governance Archetypes for Allocating Decision Rights
57
Mechanisms for Implementing IT Governance
85
What IT Governance Works Best
117
Linking Strategy IT Governance and Performance
147
Government and NotforProfit Organizations
185
Leadership Principles for IT Governance
215
Research Sites
237
Measuring Governance Performance
239
Notes
241
Index
255
About the Authors
269
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