IT Governance

Purpose    Elements


An enterprise IT Governance strategy, and an appropriate organization for implementing the strategy, must be established with the backing of top management, clarifying who owns the enterprise's IT resources, and in particular, who has ultimate responsibility for their integration.

The purpose of IT governance arrangements is to ensure that the senior management of an organization retains control of, and responsibility for, its IT operation.

There is a similarity between technical architecture and architecture in the physical world, in that politics has an important role to play in the acceptance of both architectures. In the real world, it is the dual politics of the environment and commerce, while in the world of the technical architecture a consideration of corporate politics is critical.

A technical architecture imposed without appropriate political backing is bound to fail. In order to succeed, the technical architecture must reflect the needs of the organisation and recognize that those needs must be derived from consensus. Technical Architects, if they are not involved in the development of business strategy, must at least have a fundamental understanding of it and of the prevailing business issues facing the organisation. It may even be necessary for them to be involved in the system deployment process and to ultimately own the investment and product selection decisions arising from the implementation of the technical architecture.


There are three important elements of IT Governance strategy that relate particularly to the acceptance and success of architecture within the enterprise:

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