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Cloud governance needs to improve: report

Cloud governance needs to improve: report

Governance is too reactive, technology-focused and 'must improve dramatically'

In an environment where better IT governance is seen as essential, a new report has warned governance around the cloud must be improved by both businesses and IT executives to ensure its future success.

Cloud computing is making governance harder to manage according to Ovum analyst, Laurent Lachal, who authored the report, Cloud governance: an overview.

"Despite growing interest in IT transitioning from managing technology to providing technology as a service, neither business nor IT executives have been particularly proactive in managing the various changes such a transition requires at all levels," he said in a statement.

"Cloud computing makes IT governance more difficult by introducing an additional layer of complexity that businesses need to control in order to make the most of its benefits. Cloud governance best practices - like cloud computing itself - are still in their infancy and Ovum believes the focus should, in future, be on enabling flexibility."

Lachal said controlling the cloud is important, but governance should be more about empowerment.

"Cloud governance is not just about control and keeping an eye on individuals to make sure they behave as expected. It should also be about empowerment, based on realignment of objectives and incentives to encourage behavioural change," he said.

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