Infonomics
Plain language about Digital Leadership and Governance of Information Technology for Executives and Directors  

December 2009 Edition:

Discusses the recently released report by the Australian Government's "Government 2.0 Taskforce".  Explores the opportunities and issues arising, and in particular at the prospect for IT to be used to truly transform and improve the operation of the machinery of government.  We introduce the notion of “Value Chain Integration” as a way of describing the process of using IT to join together and make more efficient and effective the previously separate elements of government or any other organisation.

November 2009 Edition:

Guest writer Jan Begg reports on her research into success of projects.  Unfortunately, the best that can be said of the results is that there is enormous scope for improvement!

We note the move by Westpac Bank to establish a board committee on governance of IT and we applaud the work of Carlo Francavilla who kindly translates The Infonomics Letter into Spanish.

October 2009 Edition:

Announces a new forum for the LinkedIn members to discuss “Waltzing with the Elephant”.

Builds on discussion in  the LinkedIn "The Enterprise Architecture Network" as the driver for a decision to present another extract from Waltzing with the Elephant, explaining what Enterprise Architecture is a vital discipline when changing organisations and their underpinning IT.

September 2009 Edition:

Discusses initial and very positive reaction to Waltzing with the Elephant.

Explores the recommendations in the 2008 Gershon Review of the Australian Government's use of IT, and subsequent comments by Sir Peter Gershon when he discussed the dream of world class governance of IT in the public sector.

August 2009 Edition:

Reviews the launch for Waltzing with the Elephant on August 17 and training events in Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville and Adelaide.

Initial notes on an emerging trend to chief executives taking interest in IT and marshalling the executive team in setting the IT agenda.

July 2009 Edition:

Announces the launch date for Waltzing with the Elephant at a gala event in Sydney on 17 August and the subsequent business and government launch in Melbourne just four weeks later.

Presents an extract from chapter ten, discussing project steering committees in the context of the Performance Principle in ISO/IEC 38500.

June 2009 Edition:

Follow-up discussion on governance and management of IT.

A paper by Chris Ogden: “IT Governance – Redesigning the Board’s Role”, proposes that the internet has been the watershed that drives the need for a much greater degree of board oversight and supervision of IT use.

Reprise on ISO/IEC 38500 masterclass delivered in Germany in partnership with Serview.

May 2009 Edition:

Explores the distinction between “IT Governance” and “IT Management”. 

April 2009 Edition:

Australia's National Broadband Network - how we can recognise and measure success, and who is responsible for that success.

Web 2.0 presents some governance issues.

March 2009 Edition:

The track record of government with IT initiatives.

Why the first generation of “IT Governance” has failed.

The relationship between ISO/IEC 38500 and CobiT.

February 2009 Edition:

Human behaviours in governance of IT compared with behaviours in other situations.

December 2008 / January 2009 Edition:

"Making the right decisions..." about IT activities.
"Is Value Required?" extracting value that should come from IT expenditure.

Special Edition 20 November 2008:

International Working Group on the Corporate Governance of IT.

Downloads: ISO/IEC 38500 Case Study and Discussion of The Gershon Review

November 2008 Edition:

Making the right decisions.

Driving Business Value from IT.

October 2008 edition:

Governance of IT in difficult times;

The Gershon Report

Why ISO38500 is exciting for business;


The Infonomics IT Governance Letter: 2005 - 2006

The Infonomics IT Governance Letter began as a promotional tool for Infonomics.  The first edition was published in August 2005, just eight months after the launch of AS8015.  The mailing list was small - around 300 people.

 Over the next three editions, the Letter and its subscriber base grew.  The October edition ran to 20 pages, and the subscriber numbers had grown to around double the original.  With some sort of prescience, the October edition contained a short article on the then imminent launch of the Australian Customs Service Imports module.  We said:

"It will be interesting to see what happens this week, as the system goes into full production".

Actually, we had some idea of what was going to happen next - there had been too much noise around the project for comfort.  But nobody could have imagined a situation that would embroil the government and bring enormous chunks of the national supply chain to its knees.

 No wonder then that Customs was our main focus in the November 2005 edition, which was picked up and quoted by the national press, by respected journals, and by commentators and bloggers the world over.  Without a shadow of doubt, Customs had done for us what nobody else could do - and Infonomics was firmly planted on the world stage.  The subscription base for the Letter quickly broke through the 1000 barrier.

But other pressures were looming.  Producing a 20 page journal on a monthly basis became onerous, and then impossible.  While still drawing a very strong level of interest, the Letter succumbed to the pressure and went into hibernation after ten editions, and a year after its launch.

Notwithstanding its temporary demise, it has been most pleasing to hear from many subscribers that they had enjoyed it and were looking forward to the next instalment.

So it is with great pleasure that today, September 30 2008, Infonomics is relaunching The Infonomics Letter.


The ten original editions of The Infonomics IT Governance Letter are always available.  Just click below to retrieve the PDF versions of each one.

August 2005

September 2005

October 2005

November 2005

December 2005

February 2006

March 2006

June 2006

July 2006

August 2006