Many IT and DevOps shops always look at governance as a dirty word because it sounds too much like government, which sounds too much like bureaucracy and waste. The problem with governance is not with governance itself, but with how organizations have tried to implement (or not implement) it.
Gartner defines IT governance as
…the processes that ensure the effective and efficient use of IT in enabling an organization to achieve its goals.
That doesn’t sound so scary now does it? Yet very few organizations have done a good job of enforcing the policies, procedures, and architecture principles required for IT to ever achieve its mighty goals. Until now.
See the rest of this article at my column on The Virtualization Practice.