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Top 5 areas for making Cloud Governance real

ZDNet Blogger, Joe MckEndrick states that Cloud and automation drive new growth in SOA governance market. This is true. McKendrick goes on to say that the tools and methodologies built and stabilized over the past few years for SOA projects are seeing renewed life as enterprises move to the cloud model. In Mckendrick's words, "it is just a matter of getting the word out." That may be the case for the SOA governance market. But, is that so for Cloud Governance?


When it comes to Cloud Governance, it is more than just getting the word out. We must make progress in the following areas for Cloud Governance to become real:


  • Sustained adoption. Enterprises must continuously adopt cloud based services balancing it with outsourcing alternatives. This will give more visibility to the real-life use cases where Cloud Governance can be exercised to validate and refine the enabling set of governance models.





  • Framework Definition. Finally, Cloud Governance needs a standard framework to facilitate its adoption. Just like the SOA Governance Framework, the definition of a standard for the Cloud Governance Framework as well as the supporting reference models will pave the way for the consistent adoption of Cloud Governance.

Once these progressions are made, Cloud Governance will be positioned like SOA Governance—and it will then be just a matter of getting the word out.


HP is a Platinum member of The Open Group. Based upon this membership, HP employees actively participate and provide leadership to multiple projects in the SOA and Cloud Work Groups. I co-chaired the definition of the first technical standard for Cloud Computing (SOCCI) released by The Open Group.


I am also co-chairing the Cloud Governance project within The Open Group. This project provides the context for Cloud Governance in relation to other governance standards like COBIT, ITIL, SOA Governance etc. The charter -- as stated currently -- includes the definition of the reference model and vitality model for Cloud Governance.


At the HP Discover Conference 2012 in Las Vegas, I shared my thoughts on SOCCI - first technical standard for Cloud Computing when I was interviewed by Andy McCaskey of This presentation is also going to be delivered at the upcoming HP Discover Conference 2012 in Frankfurt, Europe.


Stay tuned to The Open Group Blog as well as this blog for further updates on the Cloud Governance project. 


This post is part of the Knowledge Matters cloud series. Be on the lookout for our up and coming blogs on cloud and mobility. And you can always check out our previous Knowledge Matters articles on the HP Applications Services blog.


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