Cloud Governance

This is how you move from Cloud migration to Digital Enterprise

Your Cloud plans are coming along nicely. You’ve mapped out your application landscape, determined the landing sites and you’ve drawn up a migration strategy for all applications. You’ve also replaced not-too-important applications (the so-called commodity applications) with SaaS products and you’re making plans to terminate contracts with data centres or hosting providers. 

This post-migration period is exciting. Will your Cloud strategy result in that agile, innovative digital enterprise? To get there, complete focus must now be on Cloud Governance: managing technology, processes and people in the new situation.

What is Cloud Governance?

Cloud Governance is the process by which you adapt your processes and way of working to the new situation in the Cloud. This makes it part of the transition from the old Operating Model to the new Target Operating Model. In digital enterprises, this has succeeded: there, everything works together in such a way that Cloud accelerates innovation. Now this may sound very logical, but in reality, Cloud Governance is a challenge. You don’t just move applications around; you’re going to use IT in a completely new way. This new way affects the IT backbone of your organisation, but also processes and therefore people. 

Now let's look into the impact per domain:


Many applications are removed from their old, trusted data centres and moved to a completely new environment. You’ll also replace some applications with SaaS products while simply turning off others. These choices impact the form and location of your applications, which has consequences for application management too. In addition to all these changes, new activities will also be added. Think of security, integrations and connectivity.


A Cloud migration has a huge impact on your colleagues, also outside the IT department. They have to develop new habits (and unlearn old habits), update their knowledge and get used to more personal responsibility. All in all, a Cloud migration requires a major organisational and culture change, which, ironically, largely determines whether the Cloud migration succeeds or not.


IT Operations suddenly become Cloud Operations and you don’t manage them in the same way. In the old situation, you could manage with a vertical organisational structure in which you dealt with teams as independent islands. But in a Cloud-driven organisation, multifunctional teams have to work independently. This only works if you make agreements in advance about collaboration, cost management and access rights.

Are all applications and processes in place, but do people feel confused and overwhelmed? Then Cloud will be nothing more than a very expensive end station. Therefore, focus on people, even if your gut feeling says technology is more important.

Bart Veldhuis, co-founder and Cloud Architect at Weolcan

Cloud Governance- the preconditions

You developed an approved Cloud strategy

Digital enterprises do not distinguish themselves with fancy Cloud applications; they differ in the way they use them. Therefore, organisations that migrate without an approved strategy will have a hard time in the Cloud.

You know the destination of your applications

Some applications will be moved to the Cloud, while others are left in place or even turned off. Insight into these future landing sites will save yourself a lot of effort, so make sure you mapped your application landscape before you start the migration.

Learn more about developing a solid Cloud strategy

Cloud Governance- the plan

If you’ve met the conditions listed above, you can start with your Cloud Governance plan. This starts with putting together a Cloud Centre of Expertise (CCoE): an internal team that will bear responsibility for the new Cloud situation. CCoE team members delve into the Cloud matter, consult with key figures such as the CIO and CEO, and spread their knowledge across all departments within the organisation.

Put together your own Cloud Centre of Expertise!

Do you want to know how a Cloud Centre of Expertise works and what the team would look like in your specific situation? Then download our quick guide in which we’ll explain how you put together your own CCoE and how you launch the team within your organisation.

The road to the digital enterprise visualised

Great Cloud Governance cannot be done overnight. Think of it as a highway that leads you from your Cloud strategy to a digital enterprise. To get to your destination, you need a map, a good vehicle and a route. This not only gives you speed; you also avoid taking the wrong turns. In the video above, Weolcan founder and Cloud Architect Bart Veldhuis explains how this works.

Cloud Maturity Scan

What is your Cloud maturity?

The road to the digital enterprise looks different for every organisation. That is why we developed a scan that measures your Cloud maturity in six areas. Curious about your focus points for the coming period? Do the Cloud maturity scan!

Download the Quick Guide and put together your own Cloud Centre of Expertise!

Do you want to know how a Cloud Centre of Expertise works and what the team looks like in your specific situation? Download our quick guide (written in Dutch) in which we’ll explain how you put together your own CCoE and how you launch the team within your organisation.

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