Basic IT Governance | 6 Tips to Follow

The complexity of technological need leads to oversight of important IT governance fundamentals. Get back to basics with these tips.  

The technological demands of the average business are always growing, and many IT teams have problems keeping up with the ever-changing demands. In the midst of everything, it is critical that the fundamentals of IT governance are not overlooked. According to Information Week, there are several ways to get back to basics with IT governance so practical thinking and ideas lead the way to ideal IT solutions.

Not Aligning IT with Business Functions

One of the very first things that can fall by the wayside with IT governance is the simple rule that whatever solutions are in place, they should be an overall benefit to the business and how it functions. Disjointed operations can come along with choosing IT solutions that only halfway or minimally work for the purpose or that do not really align with the business and how it functions.

Debating Too Much On Which IT Product Is Best

Whether it is IT managed services, security software, or something cloud-related, the service realm in the IT world is growing vast and broad, and it leaves a lot of room for debate about what is best. Spending too much time debating on which is going to be best for what business purpose is kind of moot. Most service provisions are going to essentially give you what you need. While some prior consideration is always good before choosing what’s necessary, there’s no real need to spend a long time trying to decide between all the options.

Assuming Larger IT Solutions Must Be Better

There is always an assumption that bigger must be better when it comes to IT solutions, but that’s not always true. You can opt for some large IT service because it is the biggest and has the most to offer, but if you have a smaller operation, you may never use some of what is offered. Some large-scale IT solutions don’t necessarily work as well when they are forced to be used in a scaled-down way for a smaller organization.

Relying Too Much On Tools and Not Enough On Fundamentals

Technology has made way for some insanely useful tools in the IT world that businesses can use. However, some companies mistakenly fall into the belief that they have a tool for something so the fundamentals are no longer important. For instance, if you are using a well-established data mining tool, but your human employees are not properly trained in data governance, you will never get what you should out of a strong, well-established tool.

Revamping Entire IT Solutions All At Once Instead of Phasing

Ever-evolving technology changes and IT solutions can keep your business consistently needing to make changes and integrate new solutions. However, unless there is a massive change, it is never really a good idea to undergo a complete overhaul of the IT solutions your business is using throughout the operation. New solutions should be carefully, steadily phased in by sector or department.

Making Important IT Decisions Based On One Factor

On the same note as making company-wide changes, it is also important that grandiose IT decisions are not made based on one factor. For example, if there are issues with one area of operations, such as security programs used in the accounting department, it is wise to look for a small-stature solution for that individual problem before embarking on a search for a large-scale security solution for the entire operation.