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Journal Article

Survey on Available Methods to Evaluate IT Investment  pp71-82

Pornthep Chaysin, Jirapun Daengdej, Nopphon Tangjitprom

© Mar 2016 Volume 19 Issue 1, Editor: Shaun Pather, pp1 - 82

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Abstract: Making decisions for Information Technology (IT) investments have become a critical decision in businesses today. IT investments are being seen as a strategic investment for many organizations. However, organizations are also concerned about h ow IT investment can be translated into dollar returns. In response, earlier literatures had attempted to propose evaluation methods and measurements to justify such investments. Unfortunately, none of these proposed solutions were considered appropriate for IT investment, hence to date, there are still no formal evaluation methods on the measurement of such investments. In view of this, this paper attempts to perform a survey across different evaluation solutions to justify IT investment and seek to furt her understand the different reasons that may prevent the IT industry from defining a standard evaluation method.

 

Keywords: Keyword: IT Investment, Evaluation Method, Return on Investment, ROI, Net Present Value, NPV, Payback, PBK, Internal Rate of Return, IRR

 

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Assessing Future Value of Investments in Security‑Related IT Governance Control Objectives … Surveying IT Professionals  pp216-227

Waldo Rocha Flores, Teodor Sommestad, Hannes Holm, Mathias Ekstedt

© Sep 2011 Volume 14 Issue 2, ICIME 2011, Editor: Ken Grant, pp167 - 281

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Optimizing investments in IT governance towards a better information security is an understudied topic in the academic literature. Further, collecting empirical evidence by surveying IT professionals on their relative opinion in this matter has not yet been explored to its full potential. This paper has tried to somewhat overcome this gap by surveying IT professionals on the expected future value from investments in security‑related IT governance control objectives. The paper has further investigated if there are any control objectives that provide more value than others and are therefore more beneficial to invest in. The Net Present Value (NPV) technique has been used to assess the IT professional’s relative opinion on the generated future value of investments in 19 control objectives. The empirical data was collected through a survey distributed to professionals from the IT security, governance and/or assurance domain and analyzed using standard statistical tools. The results indicate that the vast majority of investments in control objectives is expected to yield a positive NPV, and are beneficial to an organization. This result implies that investments in control objectives are expected to generate future value for a firm, which is an important finding since many of the benefits from an investment are indirectly related and may occur well into the future. The paper moreover contributes in strengthening the link between IT governance and information security.

 

Keywords: IT governance, control objectives, information security, net present value

 

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