IT governance in South Asia

Less than a month ago, I commented on the greater likelihood that a developing world company would have its CIO on the board than would a developed world company.

An article in Express Computers, India’s leading IT weekly, emphasizes the point. In words that might have come from my own IT Governance: Guidelines for Directors, Shashwat Singhal emphasizes the duty of executives to make IT decisions in the interests of shareholders and other stakeholders.

If he’s correct, that many organizations are implementing IT governance structures, and if his point of reference is primarily the South Asian market, then the developed world is undoubtedly falling every further behind.

It’s like a game of leapfrog – except that in the information age, after you’ve been jumped, you go bust.