Navigating the Intersection: IT Governance, Data Governance, and the Evolving Role of DBAs

This post offers an exploration of the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of IT and data governance. It examines governance frameworks, data management strategies, and database administration techniques within contemporary business contexts. The article presents actionable insights and recommendations for implementing robust IT and data governance practices across diverse organizational landscapes. Emphasis is placed on enhancing data security, ensuring compliance, […]

Adoption of IT governance strategies for multi-product DevOps teams

Organizational alignment, product performance expectation, and support from experienced DevOps executives, encourage key stakeholders to sponsor IT Governance (ITG) adoption. ITG maturity facilitates the adoption and utilization of ITG processes, thereby reducing effort, which results in improved DevOps maturity, reflected in better alignment, self-management, and delivery of products. Introduction As organizations are adopting DevOps practices within their environments, 40% of […]

The hard reality of Information Systems

Introduction In 2020, 46% of businesses in the UK had cyber security breaches or attacks (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, 2020). Information security is based on three fundamental characteristics specifically the confidentiality, integrity, and availability – known as the CIA triad (Chapple, 2018). IT leaders need to keep abreast with the latest technologies and practices to ensure that […]

Measuring the business value effectiveness of external technical services

A case for ERP maintenance and support outsourcing In this article a novel business value efficiency (BVE) model is proposed through the identification of eight critical success factors (CSFs), pertaining to the outsourcing of ERP maintenance and support. Introduction Service providers must demonstrate clients the strategic advantages of outsourcing to boost trust and collaboration. Outsourcing business critical processes is sought […]

Data collection for the adoption of IT governance strategies for multi-product DevOps teams

Call for participants Introduction IT leaders may be unaware of the interdependence of the factors that influence the adoption of IT governance strategies, such as COBIT5, ITIL, TOGAF, ZACHMAN, and ISO27001. The researcher is inviting IT leaders from multi-product DevOps teams who have implemented IT governance strategies to participate in a survey to determine the relationships between performance expectation, effort expectancy, social influence, […]

Evaluating AGILE adoption in software delivery organizations

Introduction Software development methodologies play an important role in the organizations’ ability to respond to new stimuli originating from new requirements, features, vulnerabilities and bugs.  AGILE methodologies are widely used, based on the premise of fast reaction and minimal expenditure in responding to these stimuli.  Research in the field of AGILE is evaluated against (a) culture transformation (Gregory & Taylor, […]

Transforming the data platform

The need for a revised reference architecture It is difficult for senior management to build customer relationships with clients if they are unable to access their clients’ data. Executives cannot do quantitative evaluations of data given by large numbers of customers or sources as a consequence. Most businesses depend largely on subjective judgment and external analysis when it comes to […]

Cloud agnosticism – Part 3

Introduction Many organizations are looking at cloud-agnosticism architectures to avoid vendor lock-in, whilst minimizing hosting expenditure and increasing availability and scalability according to demands. At the heart of cloud agnosticism lies the notion of multi-cloud environments. In this post, I will be discussing the existing literature pertaining to infrastructure as code, containerization, and leveraging a multi cloud setup towards the […]

Cloud agnosticism – Part 2

Foundation Multi-cloud cost-aware resource scheduling has been proven to yield 90.8% savings in VM subscriptions, 99.2% in egress network traffic and quadrupling data transfers (Jiang et al., 2020). Cloud agnosticism emerges from the price of cloud computing as well as vendor lock-in. Cloud expenses are a big source of worry for all customers. As CSPs raise the price of their […]

Cloud agnosticism – Part 1

An Introduction Cloud agnosticism stems from the costs associated to cloud computing and vendor locking as discussed in a previous post on cloud computing economics and trends. An organization leveraging cloud service computing tends to witness a gradual increase in the TCO due to increased data, services, bandwidth and upselling (additional new services). This results in higher service delivery costs […]