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Information technology governance (IT governance) is the collective tools, processes and methodologies that enable an organization to align business strategy and goals with IT services, infrastructure or the environment.
IT governance uses manages and optimizes IT in such a way that it supports, complements or enables an organization to achieve its goals and objectives.
IT governance is a broad concept that is centered on the IT department or environment delivering business value to the enterprise. It is a set of rules, regulations and policies that define and ensure the effective, controlled and valuable operation of an IT department. It also provides methods to identify and evaluate the performance of IT and how it relates to business growth. Moreover, by following and implementing an IT governance framework such as COBIT, an organization can comply with regulatory requirements and reduce IT business while attaining measurable business benefits.