Most enterprises don’t have a well-developed governance approach for the cloud, not even an idea of a technology solution.

Enterprises are overwhelmed these days with other technology changes, including not just the move to cloud but devops, machine learning, and whatever other shiny objects pop up out of the market.

I view governance as the consistent enforcement of policies to place limits on how, when, why, and for what purpose a resource such as data, processes, APIs, storage, or compute is used. The best way to think about governance is as a series automated guardrails, in the form of policies, that keep you from running off a curvy road.

Of course, there is not one product that does everything, so governance solutions are a mix of products that include security, API management, resource management, and perhaps other technologies to address your specific needs.