As organisations continue their transformation from an on-premise IT infrastructure to the cloud, there are some lingering key considerations to make regarding cloud consumption models. Organisations must understand what resources are required in the cloud, and what combination of cloud services will best suit unique business needs. Not only that, but organisations must have a clear and realistic expectation of the budgets required for these services. These brands must simultaneously ensure that budget expectations match the needs of the business by tracking ongoing spending through a mature and effective cloud governance model with continuous monitoring.
Software Asset Management (SAM) should be a key baseline component of making these structural and financial decisions, as it provides IT teams with the right direction through data inputs. This may come as a surprise to businesses that are just beginning to transform their IT infrastructure, as they assumed that pay-as-you-go cloud subscriptions would render them immune from non-compliance.
However, this is simply not the case – there are pitfalls and compliance risks across every cloud consumption model, although the severity of the risk may vary. Let’s go over how to manage compliance risks from three dominant cloud consumption models.