Addressing Sustainability in IT-Governance Frameworks

Addressing Sustainability in IT-Governance Frameworks

Lubomira Stantcheva (PRESIDIO Group, Berlin, Germany) and Vladimir Stantchev (SRH Hochschule Berlin, Berlin, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/ijhcitp.2014100105
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In this paper, the authors analyze approaches for addressing sustainability in established IT-Governance frameworks. Such frameworks are considered to be a powerful tool for ensuring compliance and proper IT operation in modern organizations. The authors assume that – in the context of the seismic changes in IT provisioning and usage that current trends such as Cloud Computing and Hybrid Computing are causing – there are potentials in them to improve sustainability of organizations' operations at both IT and business level too. The analysis is conducted in a holistic way, taking into account organizational and process aspects, sustainability of resource usage, IT-related aspects, as well as incorporating the view of the overall IT-Governance. The presented case study within a mid-sized German enterprise provides a corroboration of the proposed approach by measures for both its feasibility and effectiveness.
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2. Aspects Of It Governance

One major aspect of governance in the context of IT is the development and facilitation of IT governance frameworks. The objective is to define standardized processes and control metrics for IT provision (Stantchev & Stantcheva, 2012) and to offer approaches for the application of these artefacts in real world organizations (Stantchev & Stantcheva, 2013). Commonly used frameworks area include the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) (Van Bon, 2008) and the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) (Lawton, 2007). Furthermore, in the German tradition of information systems research IT Controlling is considered a major aspect of the governance of IT (Kütz, 2005). The particular focus there lies in topics such as IT cost accounting and target costing.

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