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Enterprise Architecture

MIT CISR defines enterprise architecture as “the organizing logic for business process and IT capabilities reflecting the integration and standardization requirements of the firm’s operating model.” We view architecture as a strategic, rather than technical, exercise. [Learn More]

IT Governance

MIT CISR research has found that firms with effective IT governance have 20% higher profits than their competitors. We define IT governance as a framework for decision rights and accountability to encourage desirable behavior in the use of IT. [Learn More]

IT Portfolio Management

Just as investors have portfolios of financial investments to address their multiple investment objectives, firms have portfolios of information technology (IT) investments. Four different management objectives guide firms’ investment in IT resulting in four different asset classes. [Learn More]

IT Risk Management

MIT CISR research into IT risk management has identified the importance and implications of crossing silos in risk management–uniting across elements of risk management and uniting risk management with other elements of IT management. We view the language of risk as a fundamental element of effective IT/business alignment conversations. [Learn More]