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Assignment 1: IT Governance Implementation and Communication

Dr. Jonathan Reichental served as the chief information officer (CIO) for O’Reilly Media, publishers of computer technology–related books and websites and sponsors of technology conferences. In late 2010, Dr. Reichental led an effort to develop a three-year IT strategy to provide a framework for the company’s push into the future.

Read Dr. Reichental’s blog entries in the following order:

  1. http://radar.oreilly.com/2010/10/predictability-and-innovation.html
  2. http://radar.oreilly.com/2010/11/oreilly-medias-it-strategy.html
  3. http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/01/why-is-it-governance-so-diffic.html
  4. http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/02/it-organization-culture.html
  5. http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/02/oreilly-it-report-card.html

Tasks:

  • Read the entries above and consider O’Reilly Media’s implementation of IT governance and the interim report card article.
  • Discuss the IT strategy that O’Reilly Media chose to implement and whether you believe that it successfully addresses the goals of IT governance and business alignment. Has O’Reilly Media considered all of the stakeholders in this scenario? What changes or additions might you have made if you were in Dr. Reichental’s position? Do you believe Dr. Reichental is communicating the importance of IT governance with his blog posts?

Submission Details:

By Week 4, Day 3, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Week 4, Day 7, review and comment on at least two of your classmates’ responses. Consider the following in your response:

  • Provide a statement of clarification or a point of view with rationale.
  • Challenge a point of discussion or draw a relationship.

Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric

All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.