Press release 29/5/2015

ICT Standard Forum has published a new version of its IT Standard for Business, the standard for managing IT. The model that has been developed in close cooperation with Nordic companies emphasizes managing digitalisation which is a hot topic for all IT managements. The open source model is freely available online and it suits all sizes of organisations globally.


IT Standard for Business, published for the first time in 2009, is the most popular IT management model in Finland. It is utilized by more than half of Finland’s TOP100 companies and several public sector organisations. International interest is constantly increasing; right now, the international community around the model includes more than 10 000 members in 23 different countries. ICT Standard Forum expects demand to grow now that latest, third version answers the challenge of managing digitalisation – a question that is on everybody’s mind.


”We have everything in place to make the Nordic countries the experts of managing digitalisation. Our IT managements are very active in developing their best practices, ready to learn from each other, and willing to share knowledge with each other. There’s an exceptional understanding that cooperation across barriers is in everybody’s common interest – and its results can be shared with the rest of the world”, said Katri Riikonen, Head of ICT Standard Forum.


The companies that have participated in creating the newest version of IT Standard for Business include Fortum, Kone, Neste Oil, Pöyry, Saab, Sanoma, Finnish Railways, and the cities of Espoo and Vantaa.


A practical model for IT management

Digitalisation brings IT management and business closer to each other than before and forces them to find a common language. The new IT Standard for Business answers this need and provides its users with the tested and proven best management practices from different companies. The third, updated version of the model also pays attention to IT’s growing role as the enabler and developer of business.


”IT managements need to shift the emphasis from handling basic IT infrastructure services to development work. More than ever they need a more comprehensible and efficient way to manage the network of service providers. Basic services need to function without failures but at the same time, IT managements have to be able to focus their own energy to developing new solutions that support business”, explained Katri Riikonen.


The new digital IT Standard for Business is available at Also see a video of Finnish CIOs take on a daring challenge and descend 72 meters on Helsinki stadium tower.


IT Standard for Business – fact file:

  • IT Standard for Business is the most popular framework for IT management in the Nordics. Its best practices and tools are free for everybody’s use.
  • The model is updated and developed by ICT Standard Forum together with its international communities.
  • The model was inspired by the need to create a comprehensible but complete enough method for business driven management of different sized IT organizations. The first version was published in 2009. The second, updated version was published in 2013. During the autumn of 2013, a guideline for public sector organisations was published in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance.
  • The model is targeted for decision-makers in charge of developing and applying Information and Communication Technology in organisations of all sizes.



Katri Riikonen, Head of ICT Standard Forum
Tel. +358 440 352 3623

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