Structured management methods (ESM, ISM, FSM) are widely used in the pursuit of control. The increasing dependence of organizations from their supporting disciplines (including information management) means control is getting more and more important. This trend is fueled by the growing level of supervision from external regulators, looking into the way how organizations function. In this respect, information security is one of the most prominent factors.

One of the most commonly used mechanisms for realizing control is separation of duties (SoD). In practice, SoD, applied to the field of information management, has led to the distinction between IT Management and Business Information Management. In industries such as building & construction, SoD has clearly led to a defined distinction between design and implementation. In services, however, after having developed a product, this segregation remains as a dominant factor for the rest of the product’s lifecycle.

Methods that explicitly respond to areas that have been established by SoD, can prove their value in a lifecycle, for a very long time. This is why methods like ISM and FSM will persist for many years.