I was interested to learn that nearly 80 percent of all IT organizations have steering committees and 69 percent of those organizations make full use of their committees, meaning the committees meet regularly to align IT's goals, objectives and priorities with the needs of the business, according to the Computer Economics (CE) IT Management Best Practices 2011/2012 study.

The use of IT steering committees ranks first as the most mature IT management practice out of 15 practices covered in the study. Steering committees, which usually include executives and departmental heads, set priorities among competing requests for IT projects, services and attention, among other duties, according to CE.

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