Read Time, 2 min.

The journey to the cloud is well underway for most European organizations. According to IDC, 84% already operate hybrid and multi-cloud architectures. But despite the widespread commitment to adopting cloud-based IT infrastructures, many organizations miss a crucial ingredient that will help them truly succeed in getting the most from those new infrastructures: cloud governance.

 

What is cloud governance and why is it important?

Cloud governance is a set of rules that allows organizations to get control over their IT infrastructures, which are often a complex mix of cloud-based and on-premise architectures. By putting rules and guiding principles in place, we enable IT modernization, cloud migration and business innovation, while addressing critical security and compliance risks.

It is an organizational discipline, not a technology. Cloud governance therefore requires a vision, people and leadership, as much as it does process and policy structures. It is the glue that ties together cloud and other technology strategies, allowing organizations to navigate their way towards cloud-native futures with confidence in what they’re doing.

Cloud governance impacts organizations in four key way:

  • Simplified operations. Having one policy that governs your entire IT estate reduces operational complexity while increasing efficiency, observability and cost control.
  • Unified data. Governance tools and practices help to keep track of data, regardless of its location.
  • Compliance and security. Being able to respond appropriately to rapidly evolving privacy and data security legislation puts your organization on the front foot going forward.
  • A single source of truth. Privacy, security and data governance all benefit from having a single source of data truth.

 

What are the benefits of cloud governance?

A cloud governance model delivers the blueprint for building and operating your cloud environment. It benefits organizations in three main ways.

  1. Unlock business value. A governance framework ensures cloud usage is aligned with business objectives, allowing businesses to pursue new cloud-based business models and innovations. It leads to better productivity, lower costs, faster digital innovation and smarter insights whilst ensuring business continuity, resiliency and security are preserved.
  2. Optimize cloud costs and usage. Commercial and technical teams often do not have the right oversight and capability to properly cloud costs. Policy-based cost governance for current and future cloud operations, ensures cloud service usage is predictable, reasonable, and accountable.
  3. Improve operational efficiency. Architecting for a hybrid cloud is not an easy undertaking. But a cloud governance framework provides the consistent and agile deployment and resource management model to help organizations avoid the operational pitfalls that increase complexity, cost and risk.

 

Why should you embrace cloud governance?

Cloud governance tools and processes not only simplify the overall cloud journey for organizations, they also help identify and mitigate security and compliance risks. All this while unlocking tangible business value from cloud-based innovation.

IDC has been focusing its research efforts into the benefits of establishing a cloud governance framework. Learn more about cloud governance and keep your business moving forward by downloading the content below.

IDC cloud governance whitepaper. A framework for success.

Keep your business moving forward with a cloud governance framework that holds everything together.

Discover more related articles per industry:

Education

Finance & Insurance

Government

  • a woman sitting on a sidewalk

    How to digitally transform citizen services

    “Having a website, call centre and information desk isn’t enough. Citizen services need to be streamlined to empower citizens and government employees alike.” The eBook ‘The digital transformation of citizen services’ is honest in its appraisal of the urgent challenge facing governments worldwide, whose citizens expect their digital experiences to match the quality of those […]

  • A man sitting at a table using a laptop

    Four common challenges governments face in a time of crisis

    This blog focuses on best practice and solutions for working from home, engaging with citizens, gaining situational awareness and staying secure.

Healthcare

  • One nurse is holding a Surface Go 3 and Surface Pen while sharing the screen with another nurse.

    Caring for nurses: How technology can support the frontline of healthcare

    Nurses make up around 70% of the healthcare workforce, providing the vast majority of direct care to patients in the health service. But despite playing such a major role, the job of nursing is becoming more and more challenging and the churn rate is increasing. Demographics show that the population is aging across Europe, with […]

  • two people working in a lab

    Terumo migrates its SAP environment from ‘on-premise’ to Azure

    Terumo, a major player in the healthcare industry, has been active for nearly 100 years – and operating from Belgium for 50. The global company is a leading provider of medical devices, from hypodermic needles and stents, to life-saving heart and lung machines. Recently, the company’s EMEA headquarters fully migrated its SAP Enterprise Resource Planning […]

Manufacturing

  • Guy standing next to plane looking at Smartwatch to check reporting.

    Air France and KLM subsidiary EPCOR predicts future failures with data and AI

    EPCOR provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services, including state-of-the-art test facilities for aircraft pneumatic components and Auxiliary Power Units (APU). The APU is responsible for starting the main engines and provide power to essential aircraft functions. By harnessing cloud-based APU data using innovative analysis and machine learning, EPCOR is helping airlines meet their cost, safety […]

  • Uncovered: 4 Essential Field Service Trends For 2018

    Uncovered: 4 Essential Field Service Trends For 2018

    In a changing world of innovative new technology, connected devices, and shifting employee and customer needs, what trends are shaping the future for the Field Service industry and how can you embrace them? Trend #1: Putting the right tools into the right hands “It’s about empowering the field service engineer with more than just the […]

Retail

  • Store staff looking and pointing at screen

    Helping store staff rise to the challenge of creating world-class experiences

    Consumers have more information and choice than ever. That’s why shopping experiences provide an opportunity to differentiate and delight customers – rather than competing on cost alone. The digital shopping revolution has given us access to companies and information that was unimaginable two decades ago – and it has raised our expectations of bricks-and-mortar retailers […]

  • Big data boosts business for beverage company

    Big data boosts business for beverage company

    Contemplate, if you will, the multiple choices available every time you want something to drink. Water? Juice? Soft drink? Do you want a single-serve can or a six-pack? Or maybe you just grab a liter bottle. The fact is, we as consumers expect a lot of options and the global non-alcoholic beverage industry delivers. Arca […]

Discover more related articles per dossier:

Customer Stories

Digital Transformation

Security & Privacy

Tips

  • Group of two female and one male office workers brainstorming in informal office setting. Both women are using laptops while the man is writing. Large screen shown in background.

    2019 Modern Selling Trends in 5 webinars

    The relationship between buyers and sellers grows more complicated each day. Every potential partnership requires finding the right buyer, fully understanding their business, tracking progress through the buying cycle, and engaging them with the right content—when and how they want it. These shifting dynamics underscore the artistry of modern selling. When the time is right, […]