Practical Guide to Cloud Governance v1.0


The Cloud Working Group of the Object Management Group (OMG), an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium, published version 1.0 of the Practical Guide to Cloud Governance. The purpose of the Guide is to help cloud adopters put in place the framework, policies, roles and responsibilities required to ensure success. The new guide is freely available at


A governance program is necessary for most business and IT initiatives to ensure smooth operations, and is proven to improve results; with cloud computing, the presence of critical external providers makes it even more vital to establish good governance. With this new deliverable, OMG answers the question of how to define, plan, launch and sustain such a program in collaboration between IT executives and their counterparts in the C-suite and lines of business.


The Guide is organized into seven steps:

  • Understand cloud governance
  • Benchmark
  • Establish a framework
  • Align corporate governance and cloud governance
  • Establish a cloud governance program
  • Establish governance measures and metrics
  • Sustain success


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