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Senior Consultants Bob Benson and Tom Bugnitz are guest editors for an upcoming issue of Cutter IT Journal. Here is their Call for Papers, I hope you’ll consider submitting an article idea by September 10th.

All organizations face difficult decisions in the current economic times like downsizing and cost containment. New technologies like the “cloud” force strategic decisions. Critical business and technical decisions have to be made for IT to contribute to organizational success and survival during the current downturn. At the same time, the economic situation makes resources much harder to find and justify. A risk is that current turbulence leads to blunt-instrument decision-making to deal with market and cost pressures.

We believe organizations that practice effective IT governance are much more likely to make these difficult decisions effectively. IT governance can be a good thing as it gives IT more of an opportunity to deliver value during difficult times, and helps IT and the business to ride out the economic downturn. But even for companies that have practiced extensive and effective governance practices, the current economic situation may have significantly changed what they do; the issues may have changed, the effectiveness of the governance processes may have altered, and the urgency for good decision-making may be greater. In other words, it’s probably not “business as usual.”

So how does governance help organizations make effective IT decisions, and how does IT governance help justify the needed IT investments to address the current economic climate?

We’re hoping to stir up some debate in the December Cutter IT Journal — please send us your article ideas by 10 September 2009. Complete articles are due 23 October 2009.

Here are some of the topics we’re hoping to explore:
• How does IT governance help IT effectively respond to the economic downturn?
• Has governance changed because of the current pressures? Are some practices more important now?
• How does IT governance help IT effectively address technology changes, such as cloud computing, agile approaches, security and privacy?
• Does IT governance actually contribute to IT’s value contributions to the organization?
• What are the practical problems of IT governance?
• Are business managers willing to participate in IT governance? Is it important that they do so?
• How can governance balance tactical and strategic requirements — especially under significant economic pressures?
• What are the most effective governance processes?
• What are the governance gaps typically found in IT organizations? How can IT management close those gaps?
• Does business care about IT governance? Is it ignored, or considered less important, in favor of knee-jerk practices?
• Does IT governance impede flexibility and innovation?
• What are case examples of good and bad IT governance?

We look forward to hearing from you! For more details, visit our Call for Papers.


Christine Generali

Christine Generali is a Group Publisher for Cutter Consortium - responsible for the editorial direction and content management of Cutter's flagship publication, Cutter IT Journal.


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