On 1 December 2009, some 58 IT professionals and practitioners attended the afternoon seminar, Innovations in Governance and Architecture jointly organized by the Institute of Systems Science, NUS and Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC).
From left: Graham Coombes, Pieter Neethling, Abdul Hamid, Anders Carlstedt, John Graham, Mark Toomey and Wim Van Grembergen during a panel discussion.
With a growing interest in IT corporate governance, the seminar brought about the current challenges impacting IT governance, emerging challenges influencing innovation in IT governance and how enterprises can achieve superior alignment, agility and assurance.
The seminar speakers from the industry came from a good mix of countries - Graham Coombes from United Kingdom, Anders Carlstedt from Sweden, Professor Wim Van Grembergen from Belgium, Pieter Neethling from South Africa, Mark Toomey and John Graham from Australia.
Mr Alvin Ong, a council member of the ITSC kicked off the seminar with a welcome speech, "The challenge for us is to know how to balance the risks and rewards when using IT to enable an organisation to achieve its mission, goals and objectives".
Dr Pallab Saha, an evangelist for architecture and governance at ISS who was one of the speakers joined in a panel discussion themed, "How do new and upcoming developments on IT Governance influence the current practices of organisations". The discussion was led by Mr Abdul Hamid, an IT audit director in the Auditor-General's office. They addressed concerns on how the new and upcoming development on IT Governance influences the current practices of the organisation.
Said Dr Derek Kiong, an ITSC member and an evangelist in advanced software development of ISS, "It is necessary for all of us to work together to put into practice the wealth of commitments that we have just conceived."