Cloud Computing Governance Framework – Definitions


For the purposes of this Snapshot, the following terms and definitions apply. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary should be referenced for terms not defined in this section.

Cloud Computing

A paradigm for enabling network access to a scalable and elastic pool of shareable physical or virtual resources with self-service provisioning and administration on-demand. See ISO/IEC 17788:2014.

Cloud Computing Governance

A view of IT governance focused on accountability, defining decision rights and balancing benefit or value, risk, and resources in an environment embracing cloud computing.

Cloud Service

One or more capabilities offered via cloud computing invoked using a defined interface. See ISO/IEC 17788:2014.

Governance Process

A process used by an organization to realize governance intentions. (See also Governing Process in the SOA Governance Framework.)

Governed Process

A process that is controlled, monitored, measured, or otherwise governed by a governance process. (See also Governed Process in the SOA Governance Framework.)

Process Pair

A pair of processes, one of which is a governance process and the other of which is a process that is governed by the governance process.

Service Catalog

A virtual catalog of services available to cloud service consumers.