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Learn How You Can Succeed With Cloud Governance?
By: John Katrick
Nov. 16, 2017 12:49 PM
Cloud Governance means many things to many people. Heck, just the word cloud means different things depending on who you are talking to. While definitions can vary, controlling access to cloud resources is invariably a central piece of any governance program.
Enterprise cloud computing has transformed IT. Cloud computing decreases time-to-market, improves agility by allowing businesses to adapt quickly to changing market demands, and, ultimately, drives down costs.
The ease of deploying and scaling cloud services, along with their low cost of acquisition, has resulted in increasingly decentralized IT, or what is referred to as “shadow IT.” This helps organizations become more agile, but it also increases security threats due to absence of governance, uniform information security, and adherence to regulatory compliance requirements.
Central IT has since reasserted itself in its domain, acting as a cloud broker to the enterprise. Moreover, citing security and budget issues, most organizations now require their departments to go through central IT to gain access to cloud services. Given the inconvenience of managing services, many departments are happy to cede control and service-management responsibilities to IT.
Ad-hoc adoption of clouds by departments, lines of business, and individual employees is putting pressure on enterprise IT administrators and CIOs.
According to Gartner, 42% of IT-related spending is now funded outside the standard IT budget. For many CIOs/CISOs, this raises significant concerns regarding governance:
The need for cloud services governance and management
As IT organizations evolve to a centralized IT-as-a-service provider model, they will need a common framework for delivering and managing distributed cloud services across the enterprise, including:
"Fragmented IT poses a challenge for achieving end-to-end visibility and control, even with today’s infrastructure."
A new model: IT as a service
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