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Governance of IT - An executive guide to ISO/IEC 38500 by A. L. Holt

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PART AINTRODUCTION TO THE GOVERNANCE OF IT

In essence, the governance of IT is the theory that enables an organisation’s principal decision makers to make better decisions around IT and, at the same time, provides guidance for IT managers who are tasked with IT operations and the design, development and implementation of IT solutions.

You could be forgiven for thinking that IT governance is the latest fad or trend to hit IT. However, IT governance has been an issue since Charles Babbage half dozed off on a book of logarithms and came up with the idea for the first programmable computer in 1822:

I was sitting in the rooms of the Analytical Society, at Cambridge, my head leaning forward on the table in a kind of dreamy mood, with a table of logarithms ...

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