Cloud governance vs. on-prem management
A move to the cloud is good news for IT teams, who save significant time (and often money) by trusting vendors with server management, security patches, upgrades, and other tool and systems work.
As Evan Lerer, Director of Engineering at Redfin says, “Frankly, having our engineers or IT professionals manage our systems on-premise is a waste of time and money. If there’s a company that already has amazing products, why not have them do it? That way, we can spend our time working on the things that we're good at...”
But because cloud governance is so different from on-prem management, there’s definitely a learning curve—and if you don’t plan for governance up front, it’s easy for important tasks to fall through the cracks.
Even as you remove server upgrades, load balancer purchases, and security patches from the team’s to-do list, a move to cloud adds new, equally important tasks—like cloud cost optimization and vendor management—to that list.