COBIT 5 for Business Benefits Realization 

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Enterprises make technology-enabled investments as a matter of daily operations. The need for business benefits realization from those investments is always present—from the time that the assets from such investments are being planned, until they are retired from use. Business benefits realization is a requirement from stakeholders and governance bodies to ensure that IT-business activity achieves the benefits that are envisioned when key investment decisions are made. One business benefits realization expert asserts: The only valid reason for investing in technology-enabled change is to generate benefits. Technology-enabled investments will undoubtedly play an ever-increasing role in our information-based society.

COBIT 5 is a comprehensive framework that enables enterprises to achieve their objectives for the governance and management of enterprise IT. This framework helps enterprises to create optimal value from information technology by maintaining a balance between realizing benefits and optimizing risk levels and resource use. COBIT 5 enables IT to be governed and managed in a holistic manner, by considering the full end-to-end business and IT functional areas of responsibility and the IT-related interests of internal and external stakeholders.

COBIT 5 for Business Benefits Realization builds on the COBIT 5 framework by focusing on governance and management dimensions of business benefits realization and providing contextualized guidance to COBIT 5 for consultants, experts in governance and business management, IT professionals, and other interested parties at all levels of the enterprise. This publication can be used as a practical guide for various aspects of business benefits realization in relation to COBIT 5.