March 3, 2009

COBIT – Plan & Organise (PO)

Posted in COBIT tagged , at 1:57 pm by Molly

There are some basic but informative drawings in the ‘ITSM Library – IT Governance based on COBIT 4.1’ on page 29 of this small handbook, which explains in some visual descriptions the process steps. This book has proved very useful in giving me an overview so far, and I would recommend to anyone new to COBIT, it was also just £11.

The PO domain covers the use of information & technology and how best it can be used in a company to help achieve the company’s goals and objectives. It also highlights the organizational and infrastructural form IT is to take in order to achieve the optimal results and to generate the most benefits from the use of IT.

(1) Plan & Organise (PO)


PO1 Define a Strategic IT Plan and direction
PO2 Define the Information Architecture
PO3 Determine Technological Direction
PO4 Define the IT Processes, Organization and Relationships
PO5 Manage the IT Investment
PO6 Communicate Management Aims and Direction
PO7 Manage IT Human Resources
PO8 Manage Quality
PO9 Assess and Manage IT Risks
PO10 Manage Projects

Let’s now approach it in more detail and include other processes and activities that are involved.

(1) Business Requirements, External Requirements, AI and DS domain are important inputs into the strategic cluster or ‘heart’ as I shall refer to it here.

(2) The ‘heart’ of this domain includes processes PO1 to PO4, because they are all about defining something. Why is it iterative? Defining a strategic IT plan, the information architecture, technological direction, the IT processes, organisation and relationships will involve some form of iterative exercise to tweak and finally come to some form of operational definition if you like, but it is all about these processes working in harmony.

(3) the second part of this ‘heart’ cluster which can be referred to as the ‘arteries’ are the manage and communication tasks, processes PO5 to PO7, managing the financial and people resources, as well as communication.

(4) as a input to the ‘heart’ we have some additional ‘organs’ which keeps our ‘heart’ pumping away regularly. They are PO8 to P10 and ME1 to ME4. In other words, managing the quality, the IT risks and the projects, as well as regular monitoring and evaluation techniques to make sure it is all aligning correctly.

(5) our last two outputs from our ‘heart’ are the DS domain and the AI domain. Which leads us nicely to the COBIT AI (Acquire and Implement) domain.


Inputs = Requirements;

Outputs = DS and AI;

Activities of the ‘heart’ = iterative strategic definition stage;

Acitivities of the ‘arteries’ = managing the purse strings, people and communication;

Activities of the ‘organs’ = managing the quality, IT risks and projects and lots of monitoring & evaluation techniques


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