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Find the Value – and Remain Valuable – With Cloud Asset Management

It’s time for IT asset managers to get SaaSy.

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Contributors

  • 8 anonymous contributors

Your Challenge

  • Spending on cloud platforms and software-as-a-service (SaaS) is growing, and with spending comes waste.
  • The barriers are drastically lower for purchasing SaaS and cloud services as compared to traditional IT components.
  • Skills gap: IT asset managers tend not to have the skills to optimize spending on cloud platforms.
  • New space, new tools: The IT asset management market space is still developing cloud asset management and SaaS management capabilities. Practitioners must rely on cloud optimization tools in the meantime.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • IT asset managers are uniquely suited to provide value here. They already optimize costs and manage assets.
  • Scope creep is a killer. Focus first on your highest value, highest risk cloud instances.
  • Don’t completely centralize. Central oversight is powerful, but outsource some responsibility to the business.

Impact and Result

  • Introduce governance: Work with developers, power business users, and infrastructure groups to define a governance approach to cloud assets and to SaaS.
  • Standardize high-impact, low-effort cloud services: Focus your efforts where they will have the most value and in places where you can provide early value.
  • Update your processes: Ensure that your asset registers and your configuration management database is up to date when cloud assets are provisioned and quiesced.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should implement IT asset management for cloud instances and SaaS, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a seven call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - CAM definition

Call #1 - Review Info-Tech’s perspective on CAM.
Call #2 - Discuss opportunities for CAM.

Guided Implementation #2 - CAM processes

Call #1 - Discuss high-opportunity cloud instances and SaaS offerings.
Call #2 - Discuss practices and audit approaches.

Guided Implementation #3 - CAM roadmap

Call #1 - Discuss tools and vendors.
Call #2 - Build a scope for a pilot.
Call #3 - Discuss longer-term opportunities.

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Module 1: Build a Cloud Asset Management Pilot

The Purpose

  • Introduce governance to cloud instances and SaaS.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Standard operating procedures for cloud asset management.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Plot cloud instances based on impact of data loss and volatility.

1.2

Categorize cloud instances.

  • Updated IT asset management SOP for cloud instances.
1.3

Define cloud standards for each part of the volume mixer.

  • Standards for cloud instances.
1.4

Identify policy statements for cloud assets.

  • Cloud policy statements.
1.5

Identify optimization schedule.

  • Optimization guidelines for cloud instances.
1.6

Roles and responsibilities and roadmap.

  • Responsibility matrix for cloud asset management.