New governance portal takes aim at bad IT

Free e-book tells why governance is important

A new portal has been launched to help business people better understand the strategic importance of IT governance and project management.

Melbourne-based business consulting firm Capability Management has launched project-sponsor.com with the aim of providing a portal of resources for senior managers looking to learn more about IT governance.

The site's first offering is a free 20-page e-book titled Why Project Governance is important, which has recommendations on the entire project - from the project's scope and value proposition, to identifying failures and measuring the business benefits.

Capability Management's executive chairman Jed Simms said the site was launched with a focus to equip the business side of the equation to get the value they want out of projects.

"The IT industry is thinking data and processes while the business is thinking cost effectiveness, so we need to bridge the gaps," Simms said, adding the goal of project-sponsor.com is to provide guides and help to boards and executives.

Simms also wants project-sponsor.com to become an industry portal and not just something owned and contributed to by Capability Management. He is now seeking material on IT governance and ITIL.

"We want to have it so if you have anything in relation to the management of project, you want to come to this site," he said. "It is practical, and business-value focused. A lot of these sites are IT-based, and we are not."

Simms said board members tend to ask why there are problems with IT projects and not others.

"Think about all the IT disasters of the past 20 years and they were overseen by business leaders who did not know what they were doing," he said, adding a lot of the planning and structuring is done be IT people who don't understand the dynamics of the business.

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