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Boards, not IT, should govern technology

Bonnie Gardiner | Aug. 12, 2015
Company boards must maintain responsibility for governing large IT projects rather than give up control to the IT department, according to IT industry veteran, Russell Yardley.

"Think about the way you can take those areas of audit that are really mature and apply those to technology, you need to start to ask questions around the weight and ultimate outcome of technology and not get buried in the detail of it."

Technology is the easy part

Often when discussing technology with an organisation, Yardley said he concludes that technology is actually the easy bit to get right, and the complications lie in how organisations work.

"What we need boards to do is monitor and verify what actually has been achieved in the organisation, how mature its technology strategy is, and where the business case stops and the real challenges start," he said.

"We must ensure that the lessons that we're learning from these projects are shared and that we're providing hard evidence to be able to improve the future decisions that we're making.

"What's exciting is that technology today really is giving us the opportunity to invite real input from across the organisation around things that need to be overcome with technology solutions."


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