Insights: Risk Management


Embedding compliance: How to integrate Sarbanes-Oxley in your projects

Internal controls are incredibly important to business operations but are often seen as something abstract and separate while they in fact should be part of business as usual and all ongoing develop­ment activities. Trying to resolve and remedy a lack of internal controls as a separate, post-event activity is not only risky – it’s also expensive. Control and assurance must be based on the business risk, be in line with external rules and regulations and be built in from the start.


Risky business: There is a time for playing it safe and a time for risky business

All projects are exposed to varying degree of risk. To secure successful delivery, this risk must be appropriately managed. Proper risk management reduces the number of threats that could materialise into problems and minimises the effect of those that do occur. It also results in more opportunities being captured proactively and turned into positive benefits for the project.


Using governance, risk and compliance systems to deliver business benefits

Governance, risk and compliance systems are getting more and more attention on management and board level. Companies and organisations are struggling to manage governance, risk and compliance in…


Staying in control over an outsourced delivery

An outsourced delivery of a function, process or portion of work from your business can be a suitable solution for many reasons, such as focusing on the development…


The commitment risk – When IT outsourcing exposes shadow processes and loyal heroes

People working for a certain company tend to grow very committed to it. They are prepared to walk the extra mile to boost company success. In IT, it…


Embedding risk management within IT to deliver business value while maintaining compliance

IT organisations have long been subject to a wide range of rules and regulations mandating control over information, technology and processes. These rules and regulations are often created…


Whose project is it anyway?

Most traditional methodologies hold that a business case is something that a project manager inherits and that its responsibility sits with a sponsor, project executive or even a governance board of some sort. However the project manager can, and should, play a critical role in assessing and critiquing the business case to guard against project failure.


Understanding IT outsourcing risk: incorporating risk management in your IT sourcing strategy

Outsourcing decisions have long term consequences. Understanding how IT organisations and IT executives make decisions, value risk and manage risk is an integral part of IT outsourcing. The consequences of poor decision making with resulting lock-in effects can be detrimental to competitiveness, undermine organisational morale and incur significant costs. Managing risk during the IT sourcing life-cycle is at the heart of successful IT outsourcing.


Understanding attitude is key to successful stakeholder management

Projects lead to changes – something that many people instinctively are sceptical about or even hostile to. No matter how well planned a project is, there is always…


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