Bringing Business Value to IT Governance

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If the prototype is successful, then a pilot can be conducted to further investigate the value of the new technology to the company. Piloting applies additional, but limited capital to the idea for establishing a working model to assess the performance of the design without actually going into full production mode. People external to the organization may participate in evaluating the idea to further determine if the idea is worth the cost and further to determine if external people see enough value and a willingness to pay for the business idea in practice.

Common Architecture Framework
As an organization grows and more products are built, it can be of great advantage to establish an architecture framework that IT can align with. Because having products work together is critical, establishing an IT governance strategy to ensure easy integration, reduced maintenance, solid performance, while assuring data integrity are key aspects of architecture. One aspect is to identify common and reusable components in certain areas that all or most applications within an organization can use.

An example is to establish a high security single sign-on login component which all applications can plug into their application architecture. This reduces or eliminates complex integrations for login across application suites and decreases maintenance. Another step is to establish an overall architecture framework such as following tiers and layers to understand whether the application is in the front-end or back-end and its technology stack. When business objectives are defined moving forward, this framework is helpful to determine if there are already products within a given space that meet some or most of those business objectives. This may reduce the need to develop completely new products and instead, use existing products or components therein.

About the author

Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira

<strong>Mario Moreira</strong> is a Columnist for the CM Journal, a writer for the Agile Journal, an Author, an Agile and CM expert for CA, and has worked in the CM field since 1986 and in the Agile field since 1998. He has experience with numerous CM technologies and processes and has implemented CM on over 150 applications/products, which include establishing global SCM infrastructures. He is a certified ScrumMaster in the Agile arena having implemented Scrum and XP practices. He holds an MA in Mass Communication with an emphasis on communication technologies. Mario also brings years of Project Management, Software Quality Assurance, Requirement Management, facilitation, and team building skills and experience. Mario is the author of a new book entitled “<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0470746637?tag=cmf06-20&amp;camp=213761&amp;cre... Configuration Management for Agile Teams</a></strong>” (via Wiley Publishing). It provides an Agile Primer and a CM Primer, and how to adapt CM practices for Agile Teams. Mario is also the author of the CM book entitled, “<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Software-Configuration-Management-Implementation-R... Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap.</a></strong>” It includes step-by-step guidance for implementing SCM at the organization, application, and project level with numerous examples. Also consider visiting Mario’s blog on CM for Agile and Agile adoption at <a href="http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/">http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/</a>.
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