Cloud Assets are still Assets that need to be managed
CTO / Managing Partner
I wanted to share a few thoughts that are top of mind for me this week. The idea that moving IT capabilities to Cloud means less responsibility for managing those assets (virtualized or not). So, here are my thoughts on this:
Once you move an IT capability to the Cloud, who manages “it”? What is “it”? Contract, asset (hardware? Software?) and how are you keep track of all the “its” in the Cloud? They are Cloud assets.
Have you reduced the control you have over this IT capability? Is that a good or bad thing?
Are you now at the mercy of the service provider, and if so, how? To some degree that is what you’re paying for but do you understand what it means in a practical sense.
You’re going to need information back from your service provider to better understand what you’ve got (back to those assets you’ve moved to the Cloud). You need to understand SLAs, usage, consumption rates, scope (how much are you using, how much do you need). Is the vendor willing to provide this information? Did you gain agreement to that in your contract? And who owns that data you have put in the Cloud?
IT’s assets include on premise hardware and software assets (on the decline), Cloud capabilities that include software assets (on the increase). They all need to be managed.
If end users are acquiring and consuming IT capabilities without getting corporate IT involved (bypassing) how is IT holistically managing all IT capabilities within an organization? They have to regardless of who purchased it or its SaaS nature!
IT must have a holistic view of an organization’s IT capabilities if they are expected to be the stewards of technology. IT is not just a provider of technology, but we know that right?
Those are my thoughts…