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It’s quite typical at this point to realise that all these environments should be managed with a proper Governance Model. The cloud provides a wide set of tools to extract many of the things that required a lot of work in the past. This includes managed databases, managed load balancers, virtual networking etc. At the same time, the Cloud Platform itself has to be managed in some way and certain questions need to be asked. How do we design our AWS Account or Azure Subscription structure? How do we provide and monitor access to these environments? How is networking managed? Should we have a baseline for security components across the environments?
Managing a cloud platform requires ownership, typically seen in a Cloud Owner and a Cloud Steering Group. It also requires a centralised function to onboard cloud customers, do cloud platform development and maintain best practices for cloud deployments. Setting up a Cloud Competence Centre addresses exactly these needs.
A Cloud Competence Centre is a support function to increase developer productivity and maintain a consistent and secure cloud platform. The two key processes are Cloud Platform Development and Cloud Customer On-boarding. Cloud Platform development consists of setting up a Landing Zone and maintaining it. There’s requirement coming from development teams, Cloud Steering Group and the Cloud Competence Centre itself for shared services, security components, best practice architectures and template solutions. All of these are implemented and maintained by the Cloud Competence Centre.
Cloud Customer On-boarding is the process of introducing a development team to the Cloud Platform and making sure they follow best practices for architecture, security, and cost management. The Cloud Competence Centre also sets up any required accounts, networking and access for the team to quickly get started with the actual development.
The key thing to keep in mind when setting up a Cloud Competence Centre is that it has to provide value to its customers (the development teams). The Cloud Competence Centre has to be very skilled in the selected cloud platform and also be able to communicate and document how to leverage the cloud. When you provide the teams a service that speeds up their work and makes their journey to the cloud easier, there will be less Shadow IT and more consistent, secure and automated environments across all business units.
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