The new version of COBIT is now available for download. One thing that’s immediately obvious is that it’s now harder to get hold of the standard. COBIT 5 comes in four parts:
- Enabling processes
Only the first of these – the framework – is available free to non-members. The processes and the implementation guide are free to members. And you will have to register your email at http://www.isaca.org/cobit5 in order to get the download. I hope that isn’t a backward step for COBIT: in the previous versions the process details were available to non-members, and I’m sure this helped to spread the popularity of the framework and helped to raise the profile and importance of IT Governance generally.
Once I’ve digested the features in COBIT 5 I’ll publish a review of what makes the new version different. According to ISACA, COBIT 5 represents “the most significant evolution in the framework’s 16-year history”.