What are the Benefits of the IT4IT™ Standard?

Released by the Open Group in late 2015, the IT4IT standard is a prescriptive reference architecture for the IT function within a business.

Other mature industry verticals, such as retail or telecom, and professionalized management functions such as HR and Finance, all have a standard approach and reference architecture.  The lack of such in IT is driving up cost.

IT4IT Reference Architecture is the solution.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that IT is a production-organised business.  IT takes demand from the business lines, then produces and delivers services.

Michael Porter’s Value Chain concept has been honing production-organised businesses for over thirty years. The IT4IT standard has adopted the concept, and offers the IT Value Chain. It reduces cost, simplifies, and brings end-to-end traceability to your IT production.

The IT4IT standard provides the structure and tools for organisations to manage their IT function as if it were a business in its own right, and achieve the same level of business discipline, predictability and efficiency as other functions in the business.

It enables IT management to work across the entire Value Chain in a better, faster, cheaper way with less risk and without involving a wholesale organizational change. You can map your current landscape onto the IT4IT standard, and you can do it incrementally. It is not just theoretical. It is very do-able.  It works.

If you would like to find out more about IT4IT, Good e-Learning’s IT4IT Foundation course is the perfect way to gain knowledge of the terminology, structure and basic concepts of the IT4IT standard. Like all of Good e-Learning’s courses you can start a free trial of IT4IT Foundation course today!

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