Improper implementation of IT governance will certainly put the company at a
disadvantage over its competitors.  While IT governance promises to be a more effective
and efficient way of managing or IT investment, it may prove to be a disadvantage if
there is no clear plan on how to manage and implement it.

Many organizations create different IT governance systems.  While this may be an
effective short-term solution to their problem, the disadvantage is that it may not be the
long term solution to their business goals.  By designing an IT governance based on the
enterprise’s objectives and performance goals, the organization can eradicate this
particular disadvantage.

A minor disadvantage of IT governance is that learning it can take time.  But so does any
other newly implemented project.  It should therefore be planned and managed in such a
way that there is minimal or no change in design unless there is a need to change the
desired behavior.  Otherwise, frequent redesigning of IT governance will only add to the
disadvantage of re-learning new or modified tools.

The company should have a clear set business goal in its IT governance.  Otherwise, the
disadvantage of conflicting goals will inevitably come up.  Confusion, complexity, mixed
messages, mixed outputs, unmanageable teams, and many others add to the disadvantage
of a properly manage IT governance.  It is therefore imperative that only appropriate and
authorized stakeholders have the power to approve processes–usually those in the
“Chief” or “Executive” level.

Removing one disadvantage from another is a challenging goal for many CIOs, but with
proper teamwork and a clear goal, a good IT governance can be achieved by the

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