Governance in the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure

The cloud creates new paradigms regarding the technologies that support the business. These new paradigms also cause shifts in how those technologies are adopted, managed, and governed. When entire datacenters can be destroyed and re-created with one line of code executed from an unattended process, we have to rethink traditional approaches. This is equally true when it comes to governance.

Get started with cloud governance

Cloud governance is an iterative process. For organizations with existing policies that govern on-premises IT environments, cloud governance should complement those policies. However, the level of corporate policy integration between on-premises and the cloud varies depending on cloud governance maturity and digital estate in the cloud. As the cloud estate evolves over time, so do cloud governance processes and policies. The following exercises help you get started on an incremental growth journey.

Objective of this content

The guidance in this section of the Cloud Adoption Framework is designed for two purposes:

  • Provide examples of actionable customer journeys that represent common experiences that customers often encounter. Each of these examples encapsulates business risks, corporate policies for risk mitigation, and design guidance to implement technical solutions. By necessity, the design guidance is specific to Azure. All other guidance in these journeys could be applied as part of a cloud-agnostic or multicloud approach.
  • Help you create personalized governance solutions that can meet a variety of business needs. These needs include the governance of multiple public clouds through detailed guidance on the development of corporate policies, processes, and tooling.

This content is intended for the cloud governance team. It's also relevant to cloud architects who need to develop a strong foundation in cloud governance.

Intended audience

The content in the Cloud Adoption Framework affects the business, technology, and culture of enterprises. This section of the Cloud Adoption Framework interacts heavily with IT security, IT governance, finance, line-of-business leaders, networking, identity, and cloud adoption teams. Various co-dependencies on these personnel require a facilitative approach by the cloud architects using this guidance. Facilitation with these teams might be a one-time effort. In some cases, it results in recurring interactions with these other personnel.

The cloud architect serves as the thought leader and facilitator to bring these audiences together. The content in this collection of guides is designed to help the cloud architect facilitate the right conversation, with the right audience, to drive necessary decisions. Business transformation that's empowered by the cloud depends on the cloud architect to help guide decisions throughout the business and IT.

Cloud architect specialization in this section: Each section of the Cloud Adoption Framework represents a different specialization or variant of the cloud architect role. This section of the Cloud Adoption Framework is designed for cloud architects with a passion for mitigating or reducing technical risks. Some cloud providers refer to these specialists as cloud custodians, but we prefer cloud guardians or, collectively, the cloud governance team. In each actionable customer journey, the articles show how the composition and role of the cloud governance team might change over time.

Use this guide

If you want to follow this guide from beginning to end, this content aids in developing a robust cloud governance strategy in parallel with cloud implementation. The guidance walks you through the theory and implementation of such a strategy.

For a crash course on the theory and quick access to Azure implementation, get started with the Overview of actionable governance journeys. Through this guidance, you can start small and evolve your governance needs in parallel with cloud adoption efforts.

Next steps

Review the actionable governance journeys.