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What Every Architect Ought To Know About IT Governance

        posted by , February 11, 2011

Every Enterprise Architect ought to be able to clearly explain IT governance at 50000 feet. It is also helpful to be able to explain the role of Enterprise Architecture in IT governance and what frameworks might be helpful to a governance program.

Governance at 50000 Feet

IT governance ensures that IT resources and data support enterprise goals and strategies.

IT governance

Governance also helps instil best practices for IT planning, implementation and operations.

Importance of IT Governance

IT governance helps ensure that business is conducted properly. For the past thirty years, many companies have shifted investment towards informational and digital assets. In fact, most companies are now completely dependant on IT for their profitability, operations, reputation and brand.


IT governance is seen as mandatory due diligence by most boards of directors. IT governance may also be required by legislation or demanded by customers and partners.

IT governance stakeholders

Relationship of IT Governance and Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise Architecture takes corporate goals and strategies as inputs. It defines the context for IT governance including vision, best practices, strategy, frameworks, roles, processes, standards, critical success factors, blueprints and organizational behaviours.

Enterprise Architecture Governance

IT Governance Frameworks

Several frameworks can serve as useful guides to IT governance implementation:
  • ISO27001 - information security
  • Capability Maturity Model (CMM) - software engineering
  • The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) - organizational performance
  • Six Sigma - quality assurance
  • TOGAF - enterprise architecture
  • ISO/IEC 38500 - corporate governance of IT
  • IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) - a high-level framework
    for IT service management, development and operations.

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