New Directions for IT Governance in the Brazilian Government

New Directions for IT Governance in the Brazilian Government

Fabio Perez Marzullo (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ, Brazil) and Jano Moreira de Souza (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ, Brazil)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/jegr.2009070205
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This article presents an IT Governance Framework and a Competency Model that are being developed to identify the intellectual capital and the strategic actions needed to implement an efficient IT Governance program in the Brazilian Government. This work in progress is driven by the premise that the human assets of an organization should adhere to a set of core competencies in order to correctly prioritize and achieve business results that, regarding government issues, relate to public resources administration. It is now widely accepted that IT Governance may help the organization to succeed in its business domain; consequently, through effective investment policies and correct IT decisions the organization can align business needs with IT resources, achieving highly integrated business services.
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We have achieved a new era of competition. Organizations can no longer afford to delegate IT decisions to IT officers. What we see now is an increasing need for business integration, and such integration can only be achieved through strategic business alignment with IT services. At the same time, the organization must be aware that IT investments must be controlled and prioritized since the word of order is to create value while relentlessly reducing costs. In fact, IT elements have become important business assets that not only contribute to achieving business goals, but also revolutionize the organization as a whole (Weill, 1998).

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