Cloud Computing & Governance
The different relations among element around the Cloud computing services and how Quint helps organizations to governance it:
More and more organizations have been investigating cloud computing services, products and their suppliers in some depth for some time now. Cloud computing is clearly a growth market. However, various aspects of cloud computing are yet to take shape and providers are proliferating like wildfire. Traditional sourcing best practices are difficult to apply.
HRM – The introduction of cloud computing is expected to result in a reduced need for technical administrators. In the cloud, everything is virtualized and managed from a centralized location. Technical admin is performed at the cloud provider’s site behind the data centre’s walls. It is anticipated that within the not too distant future ninety per cent of employees will need no more than a browser on their device in order to perform their work. This can be managed remotely without any difficulties. HRM therefore needs to address the issue of staff retraining and/or severance.
IT Services – Admin tasks will shift from traditional technical admin to functional admin, i.e. a more tactical role. IT services still need to be monitored and can be implemented remotely. Traditional services such as back-up and retrieval will be automated – only legacy systems will need to be managed on site until they too are migrated to the cloud.
Legal Affairs & Procurement – Cloud contracts contain other components than a traditional sourcing contract. The emphasis lies primarily on provisions relating to availability and continuity, as these are still viewed as being cloud computing’s major focus areas . Cloud-based contracts have changed quite significantly in recent times and are now better aligned with the business world’s needs.
Finance – Finance will mainly have to deal with subscription models and the nonstandard methods used to charge for the services provided. How will organizations be able to determine whether they have actually received the services agreed? Does the invoice actually tally with the services provided? Although billing systems and reporting methods are becoming increasingly automated, this aspect still requires meticulous monthly analysis.
Architecture and Security – The importance of well-organized architecture and security roles has become even greater since the advent of cloud computing. The ability to retain an insight into, an overview over and a correlation between the components within an IT environment located partially or wholly outside the organization has become even more vital. Continuity and security management require constant attention, given the proliferation of devices and company data stored on these devices.
Quint’s Cloud Readiness Assessment helps organizations to get a better picture of the issues surrounding cloud computing, and to determine the extent to which they are equipped to deal with cloud computing.