The discipline of information technology governance first emerged in 1993 as a derivative of organizational governance and deals primarily with the connection between strategic objectives and IT management. It highlights the importance of IT-related matters and states that IT decisions should be owned by top University management, rather than by the chief information officer or other IT managers.
The IT governance process at VCU is about the proper stewardship of IT resources on behalf of University stakeholders to insure they receive the highest return from their investment in technology. VCU sought guidance from the Gartner Group, a leading independent IT research and advisory firm, in the development of our IT governance process. Our process seeks to combine the best practices in IT Governance with VCU’s unique needs as a major research institution of higher education.