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Cloud computing management: A CIO quiz

Proper cloud conduct can make or break a company. Are you doing everything right? Assess your cloud computing management know-how with this CIO quiz.

Is your cloud governance on point? Cloud computing management is not a "set it and forget it" project -- it is a continually evolving process that requires consideration of departmental risks, software, vendors, contracts, encryption, access, privacy and disaster recovery. In short, staying on top of your cloud projects is essential for IT and business success.

Take our quiz to test your knowledge of cloud computing management essentials that can make for a smooth cloud transition and help your business avoid IT risks.

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For more on cloud computing management, see the CIO Symmetry blog to get tips for a smooth cloud migration and learn how to govern your cloud strategy after migration.

This was last published in March 2015

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What's the best cloud computing management advice you've been given?
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Basically that you have to consider everything when moving to the cloud - departmental risks, software, contracts, disaster recovery, vendors, privacy, encryption.
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The best piece of advice I was given on this topic was to have a cloud resource management plan ready and implemented before moving into the cloud. You need to know how you are going to track vendors, users, servers and other resources before you start because once you’re in, it’s like opening Pandora’s box, and it becomes increasingly difficult to track and manage your cloud resources.
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Great advice, Alfred47. Unfortunately, some of those considerations are left out by companies making the move to cloud. They find out the hard way that you need to consider all of the possible implications, no matter what.

And I completely agree, mcorum--without a comprehensive cloud strategy in place beforehand, things can get very messy.
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Best advice on cloud... two comments: 

1.  As cloud capabilities continue to evolve, all solutions should be considered tactical until after vendor shake-out/consolidation occurs, if it occurs.  Continuous disruption will make vendor selection challenging, so be willing to change course.

2. I'm in the process of crafting a cloud strategy for "the open Pandora's box" situation for a very large institution.  I am re-writing policies and planning a communications campaign to educate 10K+ personnel about the challenges of distributed, single-point, departmental solutions that have near zero security and compliance assessment and control. 

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