The Pros And Cons Of Implementing An IT Governance Model -

The Pros And Cons Of Implementing An IT Governance Model

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An IT governance model focuses on how the implementation of technology in the organization will affect the users, suppliers and stakeholders of that technology. This model is used to determine which technology decisions are right for the organization, and which should be avoided. IT governance is actually a branch of information science that studies how people interact with and control technologies. There are many models of IT governance currently available, including those based on traditional engineering management styles.

The traditional engineering management model assumes that users will benefit when certain technologies are implemented, regardless of the costs or other issues. Users therefore get to vote on the kinds of services they want, and choose to use those services. The IT governance model is different because it assumes that users will have a choice in choosing which technologies they use and why they use them. This can result in two major biases in the model.

Bias Of IT Governance Model

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The first bias is toward the user perspective. According to this model, IT governance should not attempt to control the use of technology in organizations. Instead, it should provide users greater freedom and choices regarding the information they access and the systems they operate on. This means that users will decide on the components of the system, the types of information they should be able to access, and the system itself. These choices may have an impact on the performance and scalability of the system.

Another bias is toward the suppliers’ perspective. Users might not want or need the most cutting edge technology, but might be willing to purchase the less expensive versions if they have access to it. As such, organizations should try to provide information that the users need, but at a reasonable cost. Organizations may also want to provide information and applications that the suppliers can build into the organization’s system in order to lower their overall maintenance and development costs. However, this information should not be seen as a primary driver of the system’s success or failure.

Model Focuses On The Systems

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A third IT governance model focuses on the systems themselves. This approach looks at the technology’s value to the larger structure of the organization, as well as to the specific work that each division is involved in. Often, a company spends more money on one part of the system than another, even when the parts are designed to perform similar functions. In an information system, this problem can be solved by building the entire system around a core component that performs a specific function. This approach may reduce waste and increase efficiencies, because departments will only have to deal with one piece of the software. Ultimately, however, this approach may increase the risk of system failure if the core component cannot withstand extreme workloads.

Create Requirements

A fourth IT governance model relies on the principle of accountability. It assumes that users will be responsible for the quality of the system and for the creation of any applications that make up the system. By creating requirements for end-users, companies can ensure that the software they release are up to the task of meeting the needs of their customers. This approach, however, does not always create an environment where end-users will be happy with the software.

Maintain IT

Finally, a fifth and sixth IT governance model assumes that users will be highly motivated to maintain the existing system. If there is significant pressure from users to change the system to something else, a new system might be more stable and easier to operate than an existing, established one. These models assume that users will want to maintain their current information technology infrastructure, and that they will be willing to spend money and resources to make it happen.


Regardless of the IT governance model that a business implements, one important thing to remember is that there is no way to substitute technology for human capital. Businesses must find ways to bring the right people into the system, and they must train them well so that they know how to use it. Only then can businesses effectively use their information technology systems to improve their bottom line. For more information about how to hire the right people and train them properly, see the website listed below. Remember, your customers will judge your business by its ability to reliably provide services and products, and your competitors are doing everything they can to exploit that fact.

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