Open Data Center Alliance White Paper: Procurement of Cloud Services
Cloud-based services have made the evolution of IT services and adoption by business users fast and easy. However, the agility of and easy access to cloud-based services can also introduce challenges for existing governance structures as they attempt to maintain business goal alignment and compliance. This white paper describes how corporate procurement and contracting processes can be updated to deal with procurement of cloud-based services in a sustainable, efficient and compliant manner. Following some of the best practices recommended in this paper may help organizations align risk and reward decisions, and enable them to balance value with control, agility with governance, and freedom with accountability.