GEIT allows organisations to make more effective use of resources
Successful implementation of Governance of Enterprise IT (GEIT) can transform the role IT plays in organisations and, in turn, empower enterprises to reach their goals, according to a new guide from global IT association ISACA.
“Getting Started With GEIT: A Primer for Implementing Governance of Enterprise IT” is intended for those who are new to GEIT or have been tasked with implementing a GEIT structure. The guide contends that GEIT shifts IT’s role within an organisation from passive to proactive, positioning the IT function as integral to defining and achieving business goals.
The guide is a free download for ISACA members and available for purchase for non-members at http://www.isaca.org/getting-started-with-GEIT.
GEIT, according to the guide, is “concerned primarily with organising the IT resources of an enterprise for the purpose of satisfying stakeholders’ needs. It is meant to bring alignment among high-level strategic objectives, operational-level activities and work outcomes.” The benefits organisations can expect from successful GEIT implementation include:
- Lower costs
- Greater control
- More effective use of resources
- Better strategic alignment and risk management
“GEIT is critically important for businesses to ensure the efficient and effective use of resources needed to achieve their goals,” said Christos Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC, ISACA Board chair and group director of information security for INTRALOT. “This guide presents the steps needed for enterprises to quickly add value for stakeholders.”
COBIT 5, a business framework for the governance and management of enterprise IT, defines seven steps for the implementation of GEIT:
- Initiate program
- Define problems and opportunities
- Define road map
- Plan program
- Execute plan
- Realise benefits
- Review effectiveness
The guide notes the importance of developing a business case that makes the business benefits resulting from GEIT clear in order to secure the internal support needed to approve implementation. Once implemented, GEIT can be used to address gaps resulting from changing stakeholder or regulatory requirements.
An infographic and checklist related to the guide will be available at http://www.isaca.org/getting-started-with-GEIT as free downloads.
ISACA (isaca.org) helps professionals around the globe realise the positive potential of technology in an evolving digital world. By offering industry-leading knowledge, standards, credentialing and education, ISACA enables professionals to apply technology in ways that instill confidence, address threats, drive innovation and create positive momentum for their organisations. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global association with more than 140,000 members and certification holders in 187 countries. ISACA is the creator of the COBIT framework, which helps organisations effectively govern and manage their information and technology. Through its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), ISACA helps organisations develop skilled cyber workforces and enables individuals to grow and advance their cyber careers.