The strength of the partnership between IT audit and the IT organization is a significant differentiator in the overall success of IT projects and IT audit effectiveness, our research shows.
Topics: IT Governance, IT Strategy, IT Risk, IT Controls
Changes to a company’s information technology (IT) environment, both information systems and the underlying platforms, are a source of significant operational risk for every organization. To protect its IT investment and reduce operating risk, robust change management processes are critical. The need for a positive control environment and a very unforgiving attitude regarding unauthorized IT changes by management cannot be overemphasized. Insufficiently tested IT changes is an unacceptable practice.
Topics: IT Audit, IT Governance, IT Infrastructure, IT Strategy
The "Holy Grail" for IT has always been to be closely aligned with business efforts. For years, business has encouraged IT to focus on delivering business priorities. At the same time, IT has tried to be an integral part of business planning and align IT efforts and investments with business priorities. Ultimately, effective IT alignment really does require the ongoing and engaged involvement of all key participants.
Topics: Project Management, IT Infrastructure, IT Strategy, Change Management
Everybody is talking about IT Strategy these days. As IT managers, you’re faced with considerable pressure to communicate a comprehensive strategy, and show a clear road to improving the business value of your activities. IT strategy management is often met with yawns by CEOs and other executives, yet it can advance or undermine every move that a company makes. In one-sided communication models like this, it’s often the case that only problems are properly recognized or attributed to your team.
Topics: IT Audit, IT Strategy, Digital Transformation
Discussions of robotic process automation (RPA) and artificial intelligence (AI) tend to follow separate tracks. This has been a function of the way these technologies have been marketed and sold. This is changing as companies realize that both RPA and AI are required to achieve any significant degree of end-to-end process automation.
Topics: IT Strategy, IT Controls, Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence
Project management risk is significant because of its lasting implications. By definition, a project is a “temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service and involves doing something that has not been done before.” Thus, it is reasonable to expect projects to involve a high degree of risk, and statistics support that expectation.
Topics: Project Management, IT Strategy, Performance Management/Measurement
Are You Familiar With Robotic Process Automation?
Robotic process automation (RPA) has been gaining traction as an efficient way to automate labor-intensive and repetitive tasks across a variety of business functions, including finance, accounting, technology, legal, HR, and, increasingly, audit and compliance.
Topics: IT Governance, IT Infrastructure, IT Strategy, IT Risk, Energy & Utilities Industry, Performance Management/Measurement, Robotic Process Automation
The internet of things (IoT) is an environment in which “things” – objects, animals or people – are given unique identifiers on the internet and are able to transfer data over a network without the need for human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. The IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the internet.
Topics: Risk Assessment, IT Strategy, Privacy, Business Continuity Management
What is design risk? To “design” is to create, fashion, execute or construct according to plan. The term design as used here refers to the entire scope of a project. A business system design is a collection of design documents and supporting materials which define the system functionality that supports one or more business processes and in the process, creates, retrieves, updates and deletes data.
Topics: IT Audit, IT Governance, IT Infrastructure, IT Strategy, IT Risk, IT Controls, Performance Management/Measurement
|Busi*ness In*tel”li*gence|, n. - the capacity to acquire and apply business knowledge, the act or state of knowing about your business; to understand and profit from experience; the internal development and sharing of information to create a competitive advantage.
Topics: IT Strategy, Data Analytics
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