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Why do you need IT governance? So you can stop adopting the wrong solutions



By Craig Alexander


Craig Alexander is a strategic transformation consultant for HP Software Professional Services with 19 years of IT experience.


Ultimately, governance—whether you’re applying it to data, organizational, IT—is there to make sure that whatever work is being done supports the business objectives of an organization. The biggest reason to care about internal organizational governance is that a lack of it will almost surely cost you money.  Inevitably, someone will buy an expensive technology solution that won’t get used.


At HP Software Professional Services we’ve seen that organizations often get themselves into a position where they are so focused on the task at hand that they lose sight of the bigger picture and forget to institute what are at heart common sense guidelines around technology purchases. This is to say nothing of business units going out and unwittingly adding to the problem of shadow IT with the cloud. (Check out this white paper on managing change to learn more about the right way to manage these transformation challenges.)

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Using multiple suppliers of IT services? Make sure you have these 4 governance elements in place

Eddy Saad.jpgBy Eddy Saad, Lead Solution Consultant, HP Software Professional Services


Eddy Saad is a senior consultant with HP Software Professional Services focused on helping organizations transform IT into strategic, business-oriented delivery operations.


Recently, I led a transformation experience workshop with a financial institution that is struggling because it has different pockets of IT doing almost the same thing but using different suppliers.


It’s a scenario I see time and time again among our large enterprise customers. Traditionally IT organizations have not made supplier governance a priority. But the cloud is changing that. To reduce costs, IT organizations are turning to multiple suppliers. But today’s multi-supplier environments create a host of operational issues that require strong governance to resolve. Without good governance you risk service-level and compliance problems. Not to mention the costs of inefficiency.

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