Purpose of IT Governance
The purpose of IT governance is to direct IT endeavors, to ensure that IT's performance meets the following objectives:
- For IT to be aligned with the enterprise and realize the promised benefits
- For IT to enable the enterprise by exploiting opportunities and maximizing benefits
- For IT resources to be used responsibly
- For IT-related risks to be managed appropriately
For a complete overview of the role of IT governance in an enterprise, the responsibilities of boards of directors and executive management for IT governance, and tools to begin implementing effective IT governance, see the IT Governance Institute's publication, Board Briefing on IT Governance, 2nd Edition (now also available in German).