Principles for Effective Cloud Computing

Recently ISACA came up with the six principles of effective cloud computing to help enterprises manage the potential pressure points that begin to surface when cloud computing strategies diverge from internally provided IT services or traditional outsourced arrangements.

Cloud computing if used effectively can deliver positive results. The problem arises when most enterprises have little knowledge about the dangers involved in transferring IT decision making away from technology specialists to business unit leaders. Organizations are likely to be at risk in the absence of oversight and governance.

Thus, it’s very essential to ensure proper governance and management for organizations to achieve the maximum benefits from cloud computing.

These are the six key cloud computing principles they came up with:

1. The Enablement Principle: Plan for cloud computing as a strategic enabler, rather than as an outsourcing arrangement or technical platform.

2. The Cost/Benefit Principle:  Evaluate the benefits of cloud acquisition based on a full understanding of the costs of cloud compared with the costs of other technology platform business solutions.

3. The Enterprise Risk Principle:  Take an enterprise risk management (ERM) perspective to manage the adoption and use of cloud.

4. The Capability Principle:  Integrate the full extent of capabilities that cloud providers offer with internal resources to provide a comprehensive technical support and delivery solution.

5. The Accountability Principle:  Manage accountabilities by clearly defining internal and provider responsibilities.

6. The Trust Principle:  Make trust an essential part of cloud solutions, building trust into all business processes that depend on cloud computing.









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