Analysis | March 13, 2017 | No comments yet | Share on:
Last month I talked about different approaches to workload migration in Hybrid IT.
This month, I’d like to expand on how you can manage software governance in Hybrid IT environments.
Hybrid IT offers many benefits including greater agility by integrating new cloud-native applications with your existing infrastructure, creating a more autonomous environment and increasing the speed at which you move an application or service from idea to implementation.
But, with so many applications and services – and the different datasets sitting within them – running on different target environments, software governance becomes much more complex.
Why it matters
Software governance is essentially a set of policies and processes put in place to ensure a company has full control over the way software is developed and deployed.
It’s important for two reasons: firstly, it ensures all interests are aligned from a commercial perspective. And secondly, it helps mitigate risk by creating a transparent environment with greater visibility and control over different components.
This latter point is particularly important giving that we know the threat of cyberattacks is on the rise, with the cost of the most severe online security breaches costing big businesses an average of £1.46 million. Add to that the looming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline and companies are under increasing pressure to keep software and data secure.
Automation is key
How many businesses really have a clear view of all the apps and services running across their organisation, let alone the individual components that make them up?
Not many, I’m willing to bet. This will be a real headache for many companies when GDPR kicks in this year. And it’s likely some of those that aren’t compliant don’t even realise it yet, so when they do carry out an audit, they’ll be under enormous time pressure to fix any problems.
Manually inspecting every app, component and data source in your organisation is unworkable. To stay on top of software governance in complex hybrid environments, you need to move on from the manual software delivery methods of old.
Automating software delivery is key. Without it, you will struggle to keep up with the growing security and regulatory demands of a multi-cloud environment and implement a governance policy that can quickly adapt to new services as they come into your infrastructure.
Meta data and modelling
You’ll also need to ensure full transparency and control over the software components that make up your IT services. Using meta-data – signatures within each software component or license that allow you to track them individually – is invaluable.
Modelling your applications and services using meta data offers the visibility you need, not just vertically up and down your stack, but also end-to-end across the application life cycle, from development (build and packaging) through to distribution and deployment in the target environment, as well as ongoing monitoring and maintenance.
To recap: successful software governance in the age of Hybrid IT comes down to three elements: increasing visibility and control, allowing flexibility and using automated processes to manage your ever-evolving and multi-faceted IT infrastructure.
Find out more about how a multi-cloud application automation platform can help you achieve that.
Words by James Weir
James Weir is CTO and co-founder of UShareSoft, recently acquired by the Fujitsu Group. He has over 15 years experience in operating systems and middleware, specializing in SaaS platforms, cloud computing and virtualization.