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I am impressed with Cobit 5. The leap from 4.1 to 5 is significant and useful. Points to note:
- the level of detail has been REDUCED!
- Cobit has discovered POLICIES! The framework is no longer a purely process perspective, but recognizes a defined set of enablers including people, principles, policies etc.
- the structure is deliberately constrained to framework level. There is no attempt to define policies, just the processes and objectives.
- alignment with TOGAF and ITIL has brought Cobit some way into the real world

The framework therefore encourages users to develop the enablers. I started by re-examining Principles. Interestingly there is (to my mind) no single good source of Principles. I have therefore attempted a set, below. My next task is to review the SAE Policy hierarchy and to develop the hierarchy and our existing set of CBDI-SAE policy instances within the Cobit framework. We already have a good set of instances and this will be an interesting exercise. I anticipate evolving the Principles - inevitable when you do mapping I guess . . .

Primary PrinciplesSupporting Principles
Maximizes Business ValueAffordable, Sustainable
Enables Agile BusinessResponsive,  Just in Time Solutions,
Incremental Delivery, Continuous Release 
SecureBusiness Continuity, Risk, Reliability, IP protected
CompliantCompliance with Law and regulatory requirements
Ensures High Quality InformationData is an Asset, Shared, Accessible,
with defined accountability for quality
Ease of UseTransparent technology, minimum training requirement
Business DrivenRequirements based Change, Pull/Demand System,
Business is fully Accountable 
Service Oriented ArchitectureInteroperable, Componentized,
IT Services directly support Business Services
InnovatingAccommodate Diversity
Managed standardizationTechnology independence, Shared services
and components

Feedback welcome. I shall continue very shortly.

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David Sprott is a consultant, researcher and educator specializing in service oriented architecture, application modernization and cloud computing. Since 1997 David founded and led the well known think tank CBDI Forum providing unique research and guidance around loose coupled architecture, technologies and practices to F5000 companies and governments worldwide. As CEO of Everware-CBDI International a UK based corporation, he directs the global research and international consulting operations of the leading independent advisors on Service Oriented Application Modernization.