You Ask, I Answer_ IBM Multicloud Manager and The Importance of Cloud Governance

Melissa asks, as part of IBM’s launch of Multicloud Manager, “How important is avoiding vendor lock-in with regard to cloud computing?”

Avoiding vendor lock-in isn’t as big a deal today as it was 20 years ago, in the days when you would park millions of dollars in proprietary hardware in your server room and hope to the deity of your preference that you made the right choice. The benefit of cloud computing is that you can switch between cloud providers if one doesn’t meet your needs.

From both a marketing technology and IT perspective, where cloud computing has gone wrong – and where Multicloud Manager as well as ICP for Data help remediate – is the lack of governance, policy, and security that cloud computing’s ease has created. When anyone can sign up for a free or low cost cloud environment, an awful lot of people do. Developers are spinning up containers all over the place, marketing technology vendors have hooks into multiple clouds with no clear governance, and executives are buying things they don’t really understand – as long as it has the word AI in it. The ability to set master policies in MCM and ICP for Data and have those policies translated and rolled out across the enterprise is vital, and the centralization means speed of reaction. I’d bet you an awful lot of money Facebook wishes they’d had the software to govern their enterprise and prevent a few data leaks.

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In today’s episode, Melissa asks, as part of IBM launch of multi Cloud Manager How important is voiding vendor lock in with regard to cloud computing? Full disclosure My company is an IBM registered business partner and you should you buy something from IBM through trust insights I will indirectly benefit financially so now that we’ve got a compliance out of the way that’s actually kind of the heart of all of this

avoid vendor lock in with cloud computing isn’t isn’t as big a deal today as it was 20 years ago because 20 years ago when I was working full time and it

you would make a choice on a vendor right and the truck and pull up to the shipping dock and start offloading millions of dollars in servers and proprietary hardware and stuff into server room and up when you’re like, boy, I hope I made the right choice because

That’s an awful lot of hardware and knowing it as it is going to stay parked in that server room for a very long time. So you had to make the right choice. And of course, we’re all human, don’t necessarily make great choices or didn’t understand the choices were being offered. And so you had to adapt around those choices. Now, the benefit of cloud computing is that you don’t have to do that anymore. You can switch providers, yes, there’s the infrastructure

in terms of the code that you write, that’s whether it’s specialized to a particular platform or not. But today’s cloud computing environment is much more flexible you build your applications or your marketing technology or your whatever inside of a container like Docker, Cooper daddy’s and then you can literally pick that container up and move from one provider to another. You can say okay, I’ll take this from Amazon to Google, Google to IBM, IBM, Red Hat etc. and move this this container around and it should function

identically no matter where you move it because it’s a little virtualized environment. So vendor lock in is not a huge deal. As long as you’ve architected your systems correctly now

so that I guess the answer this question, it’s not very important, but from both of marketing technology and an IT perspective where cloud computing has gone wrong, and where a service like IBM is do multi Cloud Manager, as well as the ICP, for data platform will help fix is the lack of governance of lack of policy and the lack of centralization, which leads to security breaches and security problems. And this is

this is a problem because of cloud computing.

Cloud computing has made it so easy to spin up a new system, a new container and new software project, just try things out. You can sign up for free or very, very low cost cloud environments and say

Let’s just try this thing out. And a lot of people do, particularly at larger companies, developers are just going to make stuff.

And because it’s it’s very powerful computing extremely low costs. People don’t think about doing the preparatory work and the government’s work they need in order to do those projects securely. And in a way that will scale you figure out I’m doing it and Cooper 90s, so it will just scale up as I as usages scales up Well, I mean,

kind of, you still have to write decent code.

This gets even worse from marketing technology, because in marketing technology vendors are putting their hooks into all these multiple clouds and bringing all these cloud environments into your company without a whole lot of governance. I’ve talked to a awful lot of marketing technology vendors at the various conferences I’ve been, and they can’t even necessarily say like, what systems they’re built on, like, Oh, it’s so it’s all cloud computing. Okay, who’s cloud I don’t know Well,

maybe that’s fine for a small

business where you don’t really care. You just need to get a result but at a larger business at an enterprise, if the answer I don’t know, it doesn’t fly when you start talking to auditors.

And then the third thing that’s happening with the cloud computing is that executives are buying things they don’t really understand. As long as it has today’s buzzword on what’s that’s cloud. That’s AI, that’s machine learning. We check the box, we bought the thing.

I mean, it’s like saying you bought the car, okay, what kind of car there’s a really big difference between a Toyota and a Tesla is this very, very big differences. And so

it’s become the Wild West for

marketing technology. And in particular,

think of a CIO magazine said that as of 2017, and the CMO spends more than the CIO on technology

and marketers

have traditionally not been concerned about things like governance because

Marketing Tools didn’t necessarily need now they do now that there’s such a core part of the enterprise now that there’s such an important store of very sensitive, very

potentially dangerous data, like personally identifiable information, protected health information,

marketers have an obligation to adhere to the same rules that it has had to play a by for the last 50 years,

we have to have things like security and governance and policies and something like multi Cloud Manager and ICP for data. One of the most powerful features these platforms is that they’re sort of an abstraction layer and a governance layer. They can you put in, here’s our corporate policies, here’s how we’re going to protect this information. Here’s what information people are, are not allowed to have access to and then it reaches to the data stores where they are if you got stuffing and IBM Cloud at Google Cloud or AWS, or

Maybe you’ve got Docker containers running locally. It will then take those policies that you specify and push them out across all these different environments is okay this is what you’re allowed to do and not allowed to. So real simple example suppose that you are a company and you are you’re in marketing and on your website you have a quiz

ask people like you know this fun Facebook quizzes What’s your name? What’s your weight and what’s your zodiac sign name was protected information PII personally identifiable information that has to be protected someone’s Wait, it’s like a carnival game. But guess what weight is actually protected health information. It is it’s extremely dangerous data to have laying around.

And so you now have a potentially significant governance problem being able to say in MC Hammer ICP for data, okay, we’re going to do identify the status we’re going to remove name entirely. So if you were going to build a machine learning model on this for marketing purposes, to predict who’s going to be a great customer to take names.

TV that you can build your model. But you don’t need that. And we’re going to, to bucket the weights. So it’s no longer a specific number. Now it’s a bucket between, you know, 120 pounds, 130 pounds. Okay, now we’ve de identified that and your zodiac sign on, it’s fine. Because that’s, that’s fairly vague anyway.

And by doing that level of the identification, now, you can say, Okay, now developers now marketers now technology teams, you can access this data and work with it, but it is now it has been governed, it is compliant with security policies. And if that data gets breached somehow

it’s not going to cause a risk because it’s no longer dangerous in that format. And so

vendor lock in is not as important as multi vendor security as as having that governance. governance is a pain in the butt. It’s not fun, but getting sued is much less fun working.

Five days straight in your server room because you had a data breach is much less fun.

And so for all of us in marketing in it in in the lines of business, just remember

take a little bit of fun out on a daily basis so that we don’t have large periods of super not fun should things go wrong?

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