Does your COBIT initiative not meet stakeholder expectations?

It is critical to build governance in to the execution of the Business and subsequently the IT Strategy. The objective of COBIT 5 is to help IT leaders provide a business view of the IT departments ability to create value and support enterprise goals through effective IT processes and build process capability and was developed by ISAACA to: – Develop process improvement, – Deliver value to the business, – Measure the achievement of current or projected business goals, – Benchmark and deliver consistent reporting, – Ensure organisational compliance.

Yet most COBIT 5 practitioners find it difficult to demonstrate the business value of a COBIT 5 investment and more compliance in a setting where most Business Executives would claim an increased focus on the needs of the business (see Why the CMO should not (at least for the moment) replace the CIO @ ).

The COBIT 5 Unlocked (the missing pieces): Deliver Business Value with IT! series is a reply to “How do we put the IT Strategy in place” and how do we communicate effectively with our stakeholders and provides a number of techniques and tools to understand how to meet stakeholder expectations where COBIT 5 can the be used to demonstrate how well this is done.

A demonstration that would cover both the “IT Business Model” that is how well do we provide IT services as well as the “Business (IT) Value Proposition” that is how well do we support the needs of the business (The overall logics are also available in a story board format @ ).

Please find COBIT 5 Unlocked (the missing pieces): Deliver Business Value with IT! – Design, Build and Run Effective IT Strategy execution to businessneeds @

(multi reader format @ Smashwords ) (PDF format @ Flevy )

By ISACA request I would like to indicate that this publication and supporting material does not contain content from COBIT 5 but is an indication on how to leverage the framework to meet stakeholder expectations.

The upper part of the clients that I speak to feel that there is a lack of actionable articles and publications that help to bridge the gap between the execution of the business strategy, business objectives and how IT can be used to support the latter to deliver business value. This is also the reason why I decided to put forward an execution centric material that has for objective to if not entirely bridge the gap between IT and the business provide Business and IT Decision makers the necessary common language to move forward in the same direction (pointing fingers is rarely productive).

The execution of the defined business strategy is often a mystery (missing link) both on the Business and the IT side. The truth is that regardless of how well the executive team draws out the strategy in the boardroom the bottom line is that the business initiatives that were supported by clients succeeds, those not supported by clients (that do not get it) fail and disappear.

The CIO and IT department hence needs to support the run of the current business activities as well as new emerging initiatives that will eventually form the business strategy. The cloud (internal or external) would be particularly well placed to develop new services that can then be institutionalised as the success of the initiative is confirmed.

The CIO and IT Department that sit around and wait for the Business Strategy to be formalised to build an IT strategy and vision might not make the 18 months magic mark. The IT Bottom line is that the IT Strategy should support business objectives, with new technology as needed as the IT department delivers effective IT Services and innovative technology solutions to improve competitiveness, demonstrated and articulated.

In order for the CIO and the IT Department to position as premium provider of IT services and focus on value to cost we need to understand the Business (IT) Strategy and how the IT department can deliver effectively to business objectives, that is to deliver business value with IT:

–       What is the Business’s strategy and plans?

–       What is the current business model that IT has to support?

–       Where could IT make a significant impact on the business?

–       Are there any further opportunities to use IT?

–       How can we leverage IT in a “Time to Market”, “Cost Effectiveness”, “Cycle Time” perspective?


Find also the following breakouts: COBIT 5 Unlocked (the missing pieces): Deliver Business Value with IT! – Get your Cloud Strategy Right! @

(multi reader format @ Smashwords ) (PDF format @ Flevy )

Story Board @ Get your cloud strategy right! @


COBIT 5 Unlocked (the missing pieces): Deliver Business Value with IT! – Leverage Business Strategy Execution with IT @

(multi reader format @ Smashwords ) (PDF format @ Flevy )

Story Board @ Leverage Business strategy execution with IT @


COBIT 5 Unlocked (the missing pieces): Deliver Business Value with IT! – Logics for IT Sourcing (Internal, Shared service center, Out, Cloud) @

(multi reader format @ Smashwords ) (PDF format @ Flevy )

Story Board @ Logics for IT Sourcing (Internal, Shared service center, Out, Cloud) @


COBIT 5 Unlocked (the missing pieces): Deliver Business Value with IT! – Design: Spell out IT Activities from a demand and supplier side @

(multi reader format @ Smashwords ) (PDF format @ Flevy )

Story Board @ Build an IT Service Strategy Leveraged by ITIL V2 & 3 Design – Spell out IT Activities from a Demand and Supplier Side @


COBIT 5 Unlocked (the missing pieces): Deliver Business Value with IT! – Build: – Set IT processes and key performance indicators @

(multi reader format @ Smashwords ) (PDF format @ Flevy )

Story Board @ Build an IT Service Strategy Leveraged by ITIL V2 & 3 Build – Set IT Processes and Key Performance Indicators @


COBIT 5 Unlocked (the missing pieces): Deliver Business Value with IT! – Run – Aligned to described ITIL activities and processes with a Service Strategy @

(multi reader format @ Smashwords ) (PDF format @ Flevy )

Story Board @ Build an IT Service Strategy Leveraged by ITIL V2 & 3 Run – Aligned to Described ITIL Activities and Processes @


As well as focus on “How to build a CIO Office to deliver effective IT services and meet stakeholder expectations” that is published on a stand alone basis   

COBIT 5 Unlocked (the missing pieces): Deliver Business Value with IT! – How to build a CIO Office to deliver effective IT services and meet stakeholder expectations @

(multi reader format @ Smashwords ) (PDF format @ Flevy )

Story Board @ How to Build a CIO Office @

Does your COBIT initiative not meet stakeholder expectations?