INTRODUCTION

Governance encompasses an organization’s mission, long-term goals, responsibilities, and decision making. Gartner describes governance as “the processes that ensure the effective and efficient use of IT in enabling an organization to achieve its goals”. An effective governance strategy defines both the frameworks for achieving goals and the decision makers who create them:

  • Frameworks – The policies, principles, and guidelines that drive consistent IT decision making.
  • Decision makers – The entities or individuals who are responsible and accountable for IT decisions. Well-developed frameworks ultimately can yield an efficient, secure, and compliant technology environment.

We believe, the above definition is pretty well known. However, what might be not a commonplace practice is Continuous Governance”

Mathematically put, it will be equivalent to

Continuous Governance = Monitor (Security,Compliance,Spend,Architecture,Risks,Infrastruture Configurations) × 365 days × 24 hrs a day

Or as some good IT philosopher said,

“ Without continuous automation, organizations will have a hard time governing and proving any form of compliance in the cloud without continuous visibility into infrastructure configuration and workload risks. ”

Welcome to the continuous world !!

WHAT’S THE ISSUE?

With the advent of cloud, organizations have moved quickly to take advantage of the cost savings, flexibility and scalability that the cloud had to offer, although adoption was hampered by concerns around security, provider trust, and how best to maintain control of data. Today, organizations leveraging the cloud as part of their critical business infrastructure are no longer an exception to the rule. Organizations and government agencies that have moved to the cloud are still trying to fully grasp the unique differences and requirements for compliance, while the lack of skilled cloud resources has further compounded the problem.

Often, we find that organizations have lots of questions that span the cloud governance spectrum. Below are a few of them…

These questions are a good starting point, however, more often than not, cloud adoption kicks off without getting all the answers. Many times, merely trying to answer would mean that the applications / services you are owning will not hit the market, will not get their value realized. This leads to many failures points all the way from strategy to project implementations. The various iterations (hopefully devops style) allows for learning to percolate into the cloud adoption teams.

WHAT’S THE FIX?

A cloud governance model will need to span the three components of people, process and technology and encompass the entire cloud life cycle, from identification and configuration to migration, management and decommission.

A robust cloud governance model should also address TWO CONCERNS that span the entire cloud lifecycle:

  • Visibility: Across Finance and cost transparency, Architecture best practices and deviation from it, Security, Compliance and Risks, Auditing and Operations Management etc.
  • And Control: for the same

Hopefully, nobody has to move around finding answers for

What’s my footprint, who’s consuming, what are my governance policies, what’s going well, what’s breaking…

 

INTRODUCING CONTINUOUS GOVERNANCE FOR YOUR AZURE ASSETS

Introducing Cloudneeti, an Azure Certified,  Azure Marketplace product, the first and best in class cloud governance solution across the entire lifecycle of your cloud adoption.

We certainly feel, that the 3 pillars [Technology, People and Processes] will democratize cloud governance for small to ginormous Organizations.

As you take steps into your world of Continuous Governance, Watch this space for Continuous Innovation and we will detail out various features and integrations to demonstrate the lifecycle governance capabilities of Cloudneeti.

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