In this summary of a research project on the future of IT governance, Alexander Peters, Ph.D., explains how technology, cross functional business alignment, and employee engagement are going to become more important than ever. While none of this may seem mind blowing (of course technology is going to be more important in the future), the implications are apparent: if you’re not working on getting these ducks in a row now, you’ll be behind the times in the very near future. As the author says himself:
These directions look obvious, but their organizational implications are not. For example, organizations cultivating good IT governance will eliminate slow and inefficient IT planning rituals. Moreover, we anticipate that responsibility for technology development will shift to business architects and business process owners, who in many cases live outside the IT department. Last but not least, good IT governance ensures that employees are engaged in technology decisions, in particular when these decisions impact individual productivity.
So what can you do to accelerate your company’s success in the future of IT governance? Consider it a continuous process, to start. Next, make sure you integrate it fully in technology, people, and business alignment. The future of IT governance won’t be a process that is separate from everything else ““ it will be a strategic advantage that is integrated in the whole organization.