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Much of the mission of the IT organization is to automate and improve business processes throughout the enterprise. But the IT organization itself also has its own need for process improvement and automation. The best-run IT organizations not only focus their process improvement efforts on those of other departments, they also seek to optimize their own IT management processes internally.
In this study, we examine the growth and maturity of 35 IT management practices which we have grouped into six major categories: IT governance practices, IT financial management practices, IT operational management practices, IT security and risk management practices, application development practices, and innovation best practices.
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Each year, we ask IT organizations in our annual survey to what extent they are engaged with a selected list of practices. Survey participants have five response choices:
These responses enable us to determine how widely a best practice has been adopted, how formally and consistently it is being practiced, and how quickly it is likely to grow. By comparing current-year responses with those from prior years, we also can assess the growth trajectory of a best practice.
One of our goals is to be sure we cover both widely adopted and newly emerging best practices. We have added IT participation in business strategy, IT leadership for digital transformation, IT R&D budget, and innovation/ideation portal to our list of best practices this year. We have also reorganized some of best practices into categories that we feel better represent their current scope within the enterprise. While the boundaries between these best practices categories can overlap, the categories provide an opportunity to discuss the selected practices within context of related practices. Perhaps most importantly, we feature a major findings section that allows us to talk about the larger trends we see in best practices as a whole. As usual, we present findings about individual practices by category at the beginning of each section.