What is COBIT?
Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology, or COBIT, is an IT management framework created by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). The framework is intended to tie business objectives to IT processes while ensuring quality and reliability of information systems.
Here’s a quick overview of the skills you should look for in COBIT professionals:
- IT audit and compliance
- Information security
- Business process management
Why do you want to hire COBIT specialists?
The trick to finding top COBIT specialists is to identify your needs. Is your goal to audit your IT processes to identify risks and then implement a plan of action to mitigate them? Will your COBIT specialist need to be familiar with other IT management frameworks such as ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)? The cost of your project will depend largely on your scope of work and the specific skills needed to bring your project to life.
HOW TO HIRE COBIT SPECIALISTS
COBIT specialists are IT business process managers who can help you align business goals with IT processes. The framework places an emphasis on security, risk management, and information governance.
So how do you hire COBIT specialists? What follows are some tips for finding top COBIT specialists on Upwork.
How to shortlist COBIT professionals
As you’re browsing available COBIT consultants, it can be helpful to develop a shortlist of the professionals you may want to interview. You can screen profiles on criteria such as:
- Technology fit. You want a COBIT specialist who understands the technologies behind your IT infrastructure and can identify risks unique to your project.
- Project experience. Screen candidate profiles for specific skills and experience (e.g., establishing a goals cascade for a medical software company).
- Feedback. Check reviews from past clients for glowing testimonials or red flags that can tell you what it’s like to work with a particular COBIT specialist.
How to write an effective COBIT job post
With a clear picture of your ideal COBIT specialist in mind, it’s time to write that job post. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
An effective COBIT job post should include:
- Scope of work: From audits to IT strategy, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience with certain regulations, technologies, or IT management frameworks, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
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FAQS FOR HIRING COBIT SPECIALISTS
How much does it cost to hire a COBIT specialist?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.
- An experienced COBIT specialist may command higher fees but also work faster, have more-specialized areas of expertise, and deliver higher-quality work.
- A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their COBIT services more competitively.
Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.
How long should you contract a COBIT specialist to complete your project?
As difficult as it is to estimate how long you will need a COBIT specialist, budgeting time is very important to keeping your project on track.
Be prepared to budget more time for more-demanding COBIT projects. For example, performing a single compliance audit of a business’s information practices to identify information security risks will take less time than also following up with a goals cascade and information governance strategy to mitigate those risks while achieving business objectives.
What are the steps involved to hire COBIT specialists?
Here’s how to hire COBIT consultants in four simple steps:
- Identify your project needs, whether it’s performing audits or implementing IT strategies.
- Define the scope of work and write a detailed job post. Be specific about deliverables (e.g., performing a goals cascade to translate stakeholder requirements into an actionable IT strategy).
- Review proposals and shortlist potential COBIT specialists for unique skills needed to bring your project to life (e.g., COBIT 5 certification).
- Interview COBIT talent to gauge whether they’re the right fit for your project.