With COBIT 5 out in the open for over three years now, the time has come to step back and review its accomplishments and acceptation so far.
COBIT 5 was released about three years ago. We observed initial enthusiasm at several organizations but this was also followed by hesitance about moving from COBIT 4.1 to COBIT 5. The focus remains basically on IT processes, and much less on the newer ‘features’ such as the principles, enablers and others. Furthermore, despite the fact that several COBIT 5 and related publications are already available and more continue to be published, the existing adoption rate in organizations seems to moving very slowly, at least in the Netherlands and Belgium. With the addition of enthusiastic online discussions on different platforms, between die-hard believers and critical and wandering spirits, this has brought us to explore COBIT 5 further and to offer some comments on the evolution and changes made by ISACA. The purpose of this article is not to provide an in-depth overview or insight of all elements of COBIT 5, nor to provide a guide on how to use COBIT, but to list and explain some observations and thoughts based upon our professional experience.