The values and benefits of cloud adoption is increasingly clear and well known. Not to be carried away with these values and benefits, it is important to identify and be aware of the pressure points that the Cloud Adoption brings in as called out by ISACA in its white paper titled as ‘Guiding Principles for Cloud Computing Adoption and Use. Essentially the differences in technology itself and its use impacts the way IT is governed and managed and the management’s reaction to these impacts brings on the pressure points as well, which need to be managed.
Differences such as change in cost allocation from capital to operational may have consequences that may not apparent at the beginning. For instance, contracting for a cloud based software would be an operational spend and may have a lower cost of entry and thus, such decisions may fall outside the review and approval process. While in most cases, the pressure points are to be managed as risks, these are not necessarily risks.