IT Governance – Cloud Computing Issues and Challenges

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

More than 18 months have passed since the start of the economic meltdown and global recession.  During that time virtually every organization has had to rethink its strategies and long term prospects for success.  Most organizations assumed a defensive / survival posture; cutting costs and making due until things turn around.  Accordingly, many IT organizations have had to tighten their belts, curtail capital spending, and focus on maintaining the status quo.  In short, little progress has been made towards improving service levels, infrastructure or IT governance.  Meanwhile, Cloud Computing has been rising in popularity, notoriety, and not without its fair share of controversy when it comes to associated risks and governance issues. 

In case you haven’t thought about IT governance for a while, here is a quick definition courtesy of  Tech Republic:
“IT governance at its most basic is the process of making decisions about IT. By this simple definition, every organization has some form of IT governance. Good IT governance ensures that IT investments are optimized, aligned with business strategy, and delivering value within acceptable risk boundaries — taking into account culture, organizational structure, maturity, and strategy.”

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