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

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2 SETTING IT IN THE CONTEXT OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

You might be asking why do we need IT governance and not human resource (HR) or finance governance? What is special about IT? What can go wrong? This chapter aims to explain the need for IT governance, and to put IT governance in the context of corporate governance. But first two questions: In your organisation, if the HR director hired 30 people that you did not have jobs for, how soon would that become apparent? If the IT director ordered 30 servers that you did not need, how soon would that become apparent?

Individual directors on a board are used to voting on decisions that are outside their core expertise, but you do not have to be a trained accountant to understand the company’s annual ...

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