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More on SOA & Cloud Governance from HP via Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner recently posted on Enterprises can leverage cloud models and manage transition risks using service governance, says HP. Dana had a conversation on the role of cloud computing, services oriented architecture (SOA) and governance in exploring cloud opportunities with Rebecca Lawson, Director of Service Management and Cloud Solutions at HP; Scott McClellan, Vice President and Chief Technologist of Scalable Computing and Infrastructure in HP???s Technology Solutions Group, and Norman Lindsey, Chief Architect for Flexible Computing Services at EDS, an HP company. Dana provides highlights in his post and you can also read a complete transcript of the discussion. The panel pointed out that virtualization and the associate cost savings are not dependent on cloud computing, but they are an enabler of it. The panel focused more on the cloud than SOA, but they had a number of useful thoughts. I liked the panel???s comment that -- ???In the longer term, the more overarching impact of cloud comes when your IT department can deliver value back to the business, rather than just taking cost out." That is more than a novel idea - for the past few years we've talked too much about driving cost out of IT, instead of driving value into the business.Some examples? "Using aspects of social networking and other aspects of cloud computing, and the fact that cloud is delivered over ubiquitous media, the Internet, to increase 'wallet share,' increase market share, maybe bring higher margin to a business, and build ecosystems, and drive user communities for a business." This allows cloud computing to be strategic and not simply tactical. As cloud computing becomes more strategic, it becomes even more important to have a solid governance model to make the decision on whether to move from the traditional deployment model to a cloud-delivery model. In the process of getting to a service-centric IT governance model, organizations are going to have to deal with the governance model for deploying new services (see also ??? Dana???s post on IDC research shows enterprise SOA adoption deepens based on certain critical practices). These governance models can better sort through the risk/reward trade-offs on cloud computing. Of course a good testing and validation strategy takes out some of the risk side of the equation. The panel added that tougher economic conditions would heighten the acceleration of cloud computing, and not just because of the opportunity to save cost (see also Direct Insights Analysts identify IT winners and losers in global economic downturn). The panel said that opportunities for the cloud to bring value are high when it can drive user communities with users and consumers of whatever it is your business produces, using techniques of social networking and other web-based capabilities. In these strategic cases that directly touch your customers, having continuous validation of services is especially critical.

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