News Slideshow: Information Governance Strategies in the Cloud

By Susan Nunziata  |  Posted 11-22-2010

Business Advantage

Organizations that extend strong information governance practices into the cloud will maximize their ability to leverage information for business advantage

Business Advantage

New Risk Factors

The move to the cloud does not change information governance requirements. It does transform the risk factors, requiring new strategies and mechanisms for policy compliance and enforcement.

New Risk Factors

New Mindset

It's time for less of an owner-operator mindset and more of an emphasis on solutions integration and vendor management. IT organizations need to adroitly manage complex chains of relationships, both internal and external.

New Mindset

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices

1. Jump in with a good test case. Start slow. Identify a pilot project to begin developing your organization's cloud capabilities and experience in managing externally operated cloud services.

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices

2. Own the information. Assert your organization's right to own the information, even if you don't own the infrastructure, application or service associated with that information.

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices

3. Don't take terminology for granted. Review information governance policies to identify areas of highest risk. Then, establish authoritative definitions for key vocabulary in those areas and require external partners to comply with your standards.

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices

4. Hope for standards, but prepare to integrate. Anticipate the need to integrate cloud-based information down the road and lay the strategic groundwork for future data integration activities now.

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices

5. Control cloud platform proliferation. Look for shared requirements in standardized business functions such as finance, HR, and CRM, and consolidate services organization-wide on a limited number of cloud platforms wherever possible.

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices

6. Make your information "cloud ready." Encrypt information and reorganize data sets so they're accessible and usable across multiple platforms.

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices

7. Master solution integration. Shift IT's focus from owning and operating IT systems to becoming master information service integrators.

7 Cloud Governance Best Practices