Creating an IT Governance/GRC Program

Once we define the WHAT, HOW and WHY behind our IT control frameworks, we can begin to form the GRC office. GRC is a shortened form of Governance, Risk and Compliance, the three linked disciplines that help to guide IT Operations to provide controls over Ethics, Transparency and Alignment with Business objectives. Continue reading

Educational Network Saturation

Educational networks are constantly fighting against external malware affronts, with millions of individual items turned away by campus firewalls and other forms of malware defensive measures. Almost 10 years ago, the average time an unpatched machine could be on the … Continue reading

Getting Past the Culture of “No”

One of the words best removed from the language is the raw negative of a “No!” This simple phrase reduces so many different ideas and concepts to nothingness, forever denying their value before it has been weighed and measured critically. … Continue reading

Shared Services in Texas Schools – Part 9 – The Way Ahead

< Back to Part 8 – Transition                                                   On To Part 10 – What is in a Name? -> THE WAY AHEAD John E. Jones is quoted as saying “What gets measured gets done, what gets measured and fed back gets done well, what … Continue reading

Shared Services in Texas Schools – Part 8 – Transition

< Back to Part 7 – Centers of Excellence                                          On to Part 9 – The Way Ahead > TRANSITION FROM TODAY As I mentioned in the introductory Shared Services post, money for technology and control of its allocation carries political and Academic standing issues … Continue reading

Shared Services in Texas Schools – Part 7 – Centers of Excellence

< Back to Part 6 – Come and Take It                                                          On To Part 8 – Transition > CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE Centers of Excellence (CoE) build a “decentralized model for centralization” in which each functional element has a home and support personnel, … Continue reading

Shared Services in Texas Schools – Part 6 – Come And Take It

< Back to Part 5 – Together Alone or Forever Apart?           On to Part 7 – Centers of Excellence > Actions are underway in identifying strategies for consolidation and the development of Shared Services – driven by legislatively-mandated management reviews and external audits by … Continue reading

Shared Services in Texas Schools – Part 5 – Together Alone or Forever Apart?

< Back to Part 4 – Conclusions                                                       On to Part 6 – Come and Take It >  As the US Declaration of Independence was being signed, Benjamin Franklin was noted as remarking that “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” This idea that … Continue reading

Shared Services in Texas Schools – Part 4 – Conclusions

< Back to Part 3 – Process >                                                            < On to Part 5 – Together Alone > CONCLUSIONS A successful Shared Services actions at TAMU/TAMUS will require centralization of funding and IT governance across the entire span of Shared Services, in addition to care in protecting the central … Continue reading

Shared Services in Texas Schools – Part 3 – Process

< Back to Part 2 – Justification >                                                          < On to Part 4 – Conclusions > IDENTITY One of the first measures towards transition beyond simply defining the shared service functions would be to require each element of the organizational definition of operational identity through the creation of … Continue reading