IT Governance Assurance

Corporations require a flexible, responsive and secure IT environment to remain competitive and adapt to changing global business. Put simply, IT governance helps to align IT with business requirements and corporate objectives. With this, NS Global Consulting can help leverage intellectual capital by using expertise, knowledge and research to understand the complex nature of businesses and IT services. Using established industry frameworks and best practice models, our solutions enable organisations to create a ‘fit for purpose’ IT governance infrastructure and information technology governance framework.

Facing Challenges on a Global Scale

The changing dynamics in the ways businesses work means greater exposure to a global operating environment. Furthermore, greater merger and acquisition activities and increasingly on a global scale creates new challenges by placing information technology and IT operations firmly under the spotlight of industry regulators. This means IT governance is becoming ever more complicated with greater accountability now being placed at executive board level. From our experience, we have learnt that executive boards vary enormously in the way they perceive IT governance and implications for corporate governance.

Best Practice IT Governance Frameworks

NS Global Consulting seeks to reconcile business needs, corporate objectives and IT governance best practice within a wider IT governance framework. We aim to simplify IT governance requirements and closely align these within the context of a formal ‘Enterprise Governance Strategy’. Our expertise also allows us to proactively guide corporations on how best to drive forward IT governance frameworks in a constantly changing global environment by addressing key requirements, setting priorities and establishing a more sustainable integrated solution

IT Governance & Assurance Consultancy Solutions

Holistic Approaches to Technology Governance

Delivering IT services, operations and supporting infrastructure across a global organisation can be extremely challenging combined with a whole ‘black box’ of technical complexity. Our Holistic Approach to IT Governance seeks to integrate IT governance by aligning enterprise governance with executive board level accountability. Businesses need an objective window into the world of information technology to monitor, prioritise, control and budget for different realities, while simultaneously adding value to the organisation.

IT Decision-Making Governance & Best Practice

Aligning IT governance frameworks with technology governance best practices enables organisation to align IT functions with corporate objectives using fit for purpose technology governance models. Our solutions aim to help organisations deliver a stronger more sustainable competitive advantage using a collaborative approach to improve constructive dialogue between key decision-makers. NS Global Consulting solutions are focused on core governance disciplines, including:

  • IT Governance Framework Design– Robust and transparent decision-making responsibilities and accountabilities
  • Data Management Governance– Data Quality, Data Protection, Data Privacy and robust Data Management Processes
  • IT Architecture Management and Governance– Defining capabilities, IT architecture models and quality assurance standards across enterprise architecture to underpin IT services, data and technical infrastructure
  • IT Programme Management Governance– Defining an optimal solution through roles, responsibilities and accountabilities, including board oversight, recruiting the right people (expert skills) and implementing IT procedures, processes and policies (adding value with robust decision-making frameworks for programmes/projects.

Developing IT Governance Expertise

NS Global Consulting adopts a peer-to-peer mentoring approach to IT governance as this is often seen as more of a strategic issue rather than ownership by a specific technical or operational function. This provides the basis for mutual understanding, shared values and a far more responsive approach to collective wisdom and decision-making. The main outcome is to create IT value-driven practices through collaborative peer-to-peer mentoring amongst senior stakeholders. Our core philosophy relies on implementing holistic IT governance approaches to harness decision-making expertise and realise the value of IT as a strategic asset for giving businesses a stronger competitive advantage.

Technology Risk Assurance

The principal objective of technology risk assurance is to provide independent oversight for IT governance risk, alongside developing key priorities for managing core systems and strategic IT assets. Therefore, we aim to deliver the following business benefits:

  • Challenging the status quo to deliver a fresh board-level perspective on how best to integrate business approaches towards governance, regulation and compliance.
  • Creating a quality assured risk assessment/management frameworks for managing IT risk alongside process improvement and optimising internal controls.
  • Scrutinising ERP systems, enterprise solutions and business information systems at different levels to provide robust assurance governance, systems integration and data migration, while aligned to wider corporate objectives.
  • Delivering technology risk assurance for operations and managed service providers given the greater prominence of outsourcing solutions for IT functions.
  • Providing bespoke reviews and assurance around IT governance, risk and controls. Includes gap analysis and benchmarking exercises.

Benefits Realisation (Main features)

Benefits Realisation (Main Features)

  • Identifying IT governance decision-making priorities and ‘quick wins’ for taking immediate action
  • Using a holistic approach to design, collaborate and implement IT governance frameworks and recognised best practice
  • Analysing existing IT governance approaches to identify good and bad practices, while looking at risk exposure and decision-making implications
  • Highlighting recent failures and successes of IT governance to place into context decision-making scenarios and associated implications
  • Working collaboratively with IT management teams to ensure mandatory compliance and conformance with required standards
  • Determining relative position and gap analysis for current IT governance practices against industry maturity benchmarking matrix

Benefits Realisation (Main Features)

  • Identifying IT governance decision-making priorities and ‘quick wins’ for taking immediate action
  • Using an holistic approach to design, collaborate and implement IT governance frameworks and recognised best practice
  • Analysing existing IT governance approaches to identify good and bad practices, whilst looking at risk exposure and decision-making implications
  • Highlighting recent failures and successes of IT governance to place into context decision-making scenarios and associated implications
  • Working collaboratively with IT management teams to ensure mandatory compliance and conformance to required standards
  • Determining relative position and gap analysis for current IT governance practices against industry maturity benchmarking matrix
  • Using mentoring and collaborative approaches to support organisations in IT governance relative to established best practice guidelines
  • Reducing wastage through better IT strategic alignment when proposing strategically important IT investments
  • Aligning IT performance metrics to improve Business Satisfaction Index supported by an effective IT governance strategy & IT relationship management
  • Implementing best practices to reduce investment lifecycle times by taking into account IT demand / supply dynamics for IT investment governance
  • Defining an ‘as a service’ model and establishing project portfolio management functions to oversee IT change initiatives and reduce costs
  • Consolidating sourcing channels and preferred suppliers to facilitate the implementation of an effective IT sourcing strategy

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