Cloud Control Toolkit: best-practice templates, step-by-step work plans and maturity diagnostics

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"Sometimes my brain processes things different than others around me. My organization pursues a disruptive new vision to make machine data accessible. I'm an Automation Control Analyst and have a thorough understanding of fundamental cloud computing concepts. I influence technology implementation and maintenance for systems under Infrastructure Cloud Services. I have experience in implementing hosting private and public cloud solutions and knowledge of designing, developing or provisioning Cloud automation such as Cloud Formation and Terraform. I have many years of experience with configuration management, source control and containerization tools. Right now I am building Node JS modules to integrate application modules with Base OS optimization. And most of all being a father has always been the most important thing to me."

Save time, empower your teams and effectively upgrade your processes with access to this practical Cloud Control Toolkit and guide. Address common challenges with best-practice templates, step-by-step work plans and maturity diagnostics for any Cloud Control related project.

Download the Toolkit and in Three Steps you will be guided from idea to implementation results.

The Toolkit contains the following practical and powerful enablers with new and updated Cloud Control specific requirements:


STEP 1: Get your bearings

Start with...

  • The latest quick edition of the Cloud Control Self Assessment book in PDF containing 49 requirements to perform a quickscan, get an overview and share with stakeholders.

Organized in a data driven improvement cycle RDMAICS (Recognize, Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control and Sustain), check the…

  • Example pre-filled Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard to get familiar with results generation

Then find your goals...


STEP 2: Set concrete goals, tasks, dates and numbers you can track

Featuring 937 new and updated case-based questions, organized into seven core areas of process design, this Self-Assessment will help you identify areas in which Cloud Control improvements can be made.

Examples; 10 of the 937 standard requirements:

  1. IDS/IPS traffic pattern analysis can often detect or block attacks such as a denial-of-service attack or a network scan. However, in some cases this is legitimate traffic (such as using cloud infrastructure for load testing or security testing). Does the cloud provider have a documented exception process for allowing legitimate traffic that the IDS/IPS flags as an attack pattern?

  2. It is clear that the CSP will face a large number of requests from its customers to prove that the CSP is secure and reliable. There a number of audit and compliance considerations for both the CSP and the customer to consider in cloud computing. First, which compliance framework should a CSP adopt to satisfy its customers and manage its own risks?

  3. Assuming you are a data controller (someone who collects data; such as through a web site); you are responsible for the safe keeping of that data no matter who is handling it. You are ultimately responsible if a data processor (outsourcer or cloud provider) loses that data. Are you sure of their policies; procedures; and technology to keep it safe?

  4. In addition to the security of your own customer data, customers should also be concerned about what data the provider collects and how the CSP protects that data. Specifically with regard to your customer data, what metadata does the provider have about your data, how is it secured, and what access do you, the customer, have to that metadata?

  5. IDS/IPS content matching can detect or block known malware attacks, virus signatures, and spam signatures, but are also subject to false positives. If the cloud provider provides IDS/IPS services, is there a documented exception process for allowing legitimate traffic that has content similar to malware attacks or spam?

  6. Security and authentication technologies, allied to event logging, in the cloud computing environment can help auditors as they deal with issues related to workflow were those who entered, approved, changed or otherwise touched data authorized to do so, on an individual, group or role-related basis?

  7. As a CSP undertakes to build out or take a fresh look at its service offerings, the CSP should clearly define its business strategy and related risk management philosophy. What market segments or industries does the CSP intend to serve?

  8. Hybrid clouds have unique security requirements that legacy security cannot meet. Since traditional security tools provide limited visibility into cloud infrastructure, how are you going to protect what you can not see?

  9. You keep records of data and store them in cloud services; for example Google Suite. There are data protection tools provided and security rules can be set. But who has the responsibility for securing them – you or Google?

  10. How do you know that a breach has occurred, how do you ensure that the CSP notifies you when a breach occurs, and who is responsible for managing the breach notification process (and costs associated with the process)?


Complete the self assessment, on your own or with a team in a workshop setting. Use the workbook together with the self assessment requirements spreadsheet:

  • The workbook is the latest in-depth complete edition of the Cloud Control book in PDF containing 937 requirements, which criteria correspond to the criteria in...

Your Cloud Control self-assessment dashboard which gives you your dynamically prioritized projects-ready tool and shows your organization exactly what to do next:

  • The Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard; with the Cloud Control Self-Assessment and Scorecard you will develop a clear picture of which Cloud Control areas need attention, which requirements you should focus on and who will be responsible for them:

    • Shows your organization instant insight in areas for improvement: Auto generates reports, radar chart for maturity assessment, insights per process and participant and bespoke, ready to use, RACI Matrix
    • Gives you a professional Dashboard to guide and perform a thorough Cloud Control Self-Assessment
    • Is secure: Ensures offline data protection of your Self-Assessment results
    • Dynamically prioritized projects-ready RACI Matrix shows your organization exactly what to do next:

 

STEP 3: Implement, Track, follow up and revise strategy

The outcomes of STEP 2, the self assessment, are the inputs for STEP 3; Start and manage Cloud Control projects with the 62 implementation resources:

  • 62 step-by-step Cloud Control Project Management Form Templates covering over 1500 Cloud Control project requirements and success criteria:

Examples; 10 of the check box criteria:

  1. Project Scope Statement: Have the configuration management functions been assigned?

  2. Monitoring and Controlling Process Group: Is the verbiage used appropriate and understandable?

  3. Stakeholder Management Plan: Is quality monitored from the perspective of the customers needs and expectations?

  4. Assumption and Constraint Log: Have all involved stakeholders and work groups committed to the Cloud Control project?

  5. Project Scope Statement: Will the Cloud Control project risks be managed according to the Cloud Control projects risk management process?

  6. WBS Dictionary: Is the anticipated (firm and potential) business base Cloud Control projected in a rational, consistent manner?

  7. Project Scope Statement: Are there specific processes you will use to evaluate and approve/reject changes?

  8. Responsibility Assignment Matrix: Can the contractor substantiate work package and planning package budgets?

  9. Cost Management Plan: Does all Cloud Control project documentation reside in a common repository for easy access?

  10. Project Portfolio management: Why is implementation of resource portfolio management recommended in the last stage?

 
Step-by-step and complete Cloud Control Project Management Forms and Templates including check box criteria and templates.

1.0 Initiating Process Group:

  • 1.1 Cloud Control project Charter
  • 1.2 Stakeholder Register
  • 1.3 Stakeholder Analysis Matrix


2.0 Planning Process Group:

  • 2.1 Cloud Control project Management Plan
  • 2.2 Scope Management Plan
  • 2.3 Requirements Management Plan
  • 2.4 Requirements Documentation
  • 2.5 Requirements Traceability Matrix
  • 2.6 Cloud Control project Scope Statement
  • 2.7 Assumption and Constraint Log
  • 2.8 Work Breakdown Structure
  • 2.9 WBS Dictionary
  • 2.10 Schedule Management Plan
  • 2.11 Activity List
  • 2.12 Activity Attributes
  • 2.13 Milestone List
  • 2.14 Network Diagram
  • 2.15 Activity Resource Requirements
  • 2.16 Resource Breakdown Structure
  • 2.17 Activity Duration Estimates
  • 2.18 Duration Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.19 Cloud Control project Schedule
  • 2.20 Cost Management Plan
  • 2.21 Activity Cost Estimates
  • 2.22 Cost Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.23 Cost Baseline
  • 2.24 Quality Management Plan
  • 2.25 Quality Metrics
  • 2.26 Process Improvement Plan
  • 2.27 Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • 2.28 Roles and Responsibilities
  • 2.29 Human Resource Management Plan
  • 2.30 Communications Management Plan
  • 2.31 Risk Management Plan
  • 2.32 Risk Register
  • 2.33 Probability and Impact Assessment
  • 2.34 Probability and Impact Matrix
  • 2.35 Risk Data Sheet
  • 2.36 Procurement Management Plan
  • 2.37 Source Selection Criteria
  • 2.38 Stakeholder Management Plan
  • 2.39 Change Management Plan


3.0 Executing Process Group:

  • 3.1 Team Member Status Report
  • 3.2 Change Request
  • 3.3 Change Log
  • 3.4 Decision Log
  • 3.5 Quality Audit
  • 3.6 Team Directory
  • 3.7 Team Operating Agreement
  • 3.8 Team Performance Assessment
  • 3.9 Team Member Performance Assessment
  • 3.10 Issue Log


4.0 Monitoring and Controlling Process Group:

  • 4.1 Cloud Control project Performance Report
  • 4.2 Variance Analysis
  • 4.3 Earned Value Status
  • 4.4 Risk Audit
  • 4.5 Contractor Status Report
  • 4.6 Formal Acceptance


5.0 Closing Process Group:

  • 5.1 Procurement Audit
  • 5.2 Contract Close-Out
  • 5.3 Cloud Control project or Phase Close-Out
  • 5.4 Lessons Learned

 

Results

With this Three Step process you will have all the tools you need for any Cloud Control project with this in-depth Cloud Control Toolkit.

In using the Toolkit you will be better able to:

  • Diagnose Cloud Control projects, initiatives, organizations, businesses and processes using accepted diagnostic standards and practices
  • Implement evidence-based best practice strategies aligned with overall goals
  • Integrate recent advances in Cloud Control and put process design strategies into practice according to best practice guidelines

Defining, designing, creating, and implementing a process to solve a business challenge or meet a business objective is the most valuable role; In EVERY company, organization and department.

Unless you are talking a one-time, single-use project within a business, there should be a process. Whether that process is managed and implemented by humans, AI, or a combination of the two, it needs to be designed by someone with a complex enough perspective to ask the right questions. Someone capable of asking the right questions and step back and say, 'What are we really trying to accomplish here? And is there a different way to look at it?'

This Toolkit empowers people to do just that - whether their title is entrepreneur, manager, consultant, (Vice-)President, CxO etc... - they are the people who rule the future. They are the person who asks the right questions to make Cloud Control investments work better.

This Cloud Control All-Inclusive Toolkit enables You to be that person.

 

Includes lifetime updates

Every self assessment comes with Lifetime Updates and Lifetime Free Updated Books. Lifetime Updates is an industry-first feature which allows you to receive verified self assessment updates, ensuring you always have the most accurate information at your fingertips.

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  • 5
    BRENDAN M. Principle Consultant

    Posted by BRENDAN M. on 5th Sep 2018

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  • 5
    Thank you so much... Hope to visit Australia someday. Smart IT people... 5 star review.

    Posted by ELLEN C. on 4th Sep 2018

    ELLEN C. Enterprise Innovation: Business & Information Technology Strategist

  • 5
    This is awesome. Thank you very much.

    Posted by Dr. Martin K. on 4th Sep 2018

    Dr. Martin K. CEO

  • 5
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    Posted by HARRY M. on 2nd Sep 2018

    HARRY M. Enterprise Architect

  • 5
    The subject is new to me and am sure the resources along with suggested methodology would help me in my pursuit.

    Posted by Ravi P. on 2nd Sep 2018

    Ravi P. Senior Consultant Big 5

  • 5
    Super helpful.. Love how the full assessment helps me take full control of this project!

    Posted by Brett O. on 5th Aug 2018

    BRETT O. Strategist

  • 5
    CARSTEN B. Experienced safety and quality enabler

    Posted by CARSTEN B. on 4th Aug 2018

    So far I have only had time to browse it very superficially, but form that it looks very comprehensive and at the same time practical. As soon as I find time I will do a short item on it on my literature pages and point risk management professionals in your direction. Have a great day, and all the best!!

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    Posted by ctmfile.com on 3rd Aug 2018

    This is a structured, in-depth review and how to work out how develop the controls and processes that will begin to solve the problem. Knowing what questions to ask is the starting point. The level of questions and analysis required will surprise, but this level of details is essential.

  • 5
    Thank you for providing these valuable resources.

    Posted by HANS D. on 2nd Aug 2018

    HANS D. Integration & Solution Architect