IT governance set high on agenda

IT governance is set to be one of the key issues on the IT agenda in the coming year. The collapse of Enron and WorldCom, as well...

IT governance is set to be one of the key issues on the IT agenda in the coming year. The collapse of Enron and WorldCom, as well as the regulatory force of the stock exchange's Turnbull report, have made companies more aware of the need for comprehensive corporate controls, which must include IT controls.

"Because of the critical dependence on IT of most companies, we cannot have corporate governance ignoring IT," said former IT director of Blue Circle Industries, Roger Ellis, whose forthcoming conference, IT Governance for IT Leaders, outlines the task ahead for IT directors.

But IT directors, with IT budgets currently under siege, may not be giving sufficient priority to IT governance.

"IT directors have so much pressure on them, governance is not a burning issue unless it is a corporate burning issue," said Ellis. "It is the board which is driving governance."

IT Governance for IT Leaders, supported by Computer Weekly, takes place on 29 January at the Royal Society, London. Tel: 01494-837857,
www.blackraven.co.uk

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