The recent widespread migration to the cloud and influx of cloud-based services has resulted in a lot of market confusion. Cloud standards created in a hurry, combined with a huge surge of open source activity has pointed out the need for consistent standards development. The Cloud Standards Customer Council recognizes how current standards development efforts are largely blind to customer priorities, as the focus is often within the cloud standards development process. This article takes a closer look at what the Cloud Standards Customer Council stands for, and what it does.
Introduction to the CSCC
The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) defines itself as an end user advocacy group which aims to accelerate the successful adoption of the cloud. Its focus is on the standards, security and interoperability issues that surround the transition to the cloud. The Council provides cloud users with the opportunity to drive client requirements into standards development organizations and deliver materials such as best practices and use cases to assist other enterprises.
The CSCC has made the following commitments:
- To deliver customer-focused content in the form of best practices, patterns, case studies, use cases and standards roadmaps.
- To influence the standards development process for new cloud standards.
- To facilitate the exchange of real-world stories, practices, lessons and insights.
The CSCC’s mission, strategies and tactics concentrate on the following elements:
- Cloud computing adoption is a key enabler for the 21st century enterprise.
- Achieving the benefits of cloud computing requires significant changes for both IT and business executives.
- Cloud computing is perceived by business executives as an IT integration and productivity story, rather than a business agility story.
- Cloud computing practitioners would greatly benefit from a vibrant practitioner community to drive local, business-driven, cloud success, and to spur on broader enterprise, and industry-wide, cloud adoption.
In order to guide its activities, the CSCC has released a document entitled the Cloud Standards Customer Council Core Document.
The CSCC works to achieve its goals by building on the following tactics:
- Web Presence – This refers to developing an online community through webcasts, case studies, blogs, vendor showcases, whitepapers and case study awards.
- Candidate Deliverables – This refers to ready-to-use content in the form of use cases, case studies, requirements, gap analyses, recommendations for cloud standards and training.
- Awareness – This is awareness-raising through events, press releases, books, analysts partnerships and media relations.
Members of the CSCC have also proposed the use of the following tactics:
- Produce leadership material on the benefits of moving business processes to the cloud. Content should be directed towards industry members (e.g. vendors, press, analysts, etc.), CIOs, CTOs, etc.
- Create a business-focused cloud case study forum. This would involve real-world stories outlining the business scenario, metrics, best practices and key lessons.
- Council participation in existing cloud events. This would enable the CSCC to promote its content and message, as well as connect with the existing cloud community.
- Establish a community of thought and practice leaders to provide insight on tactics, share experiences and practices and chart a community course.
- Reference, collect and publish cloud service definitions specific to an industry or business process.
- Identify industry business scenarios or general business patterns that would benefit from cloud computing.
CSCC Working Groups
CSCC members have proposed the following working groups:
- Financial services
- Practical guide
Initial working groups will focus on:
- Requirements for cloud standards.
- Use cases for specific verticals such as financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, etc.
- Needs for training and certification.
Outputs of initial working groups will include:
- Best practices for cloud adoption.
- Use cases in various verticals, which will drive standards and implementations.
- Performance/quality measures of the different cloud implementations.
The CSCC is a group under the Object Management Group, which is a non-profit trade association. The CSCC is led by a steering committee which includes twelve elected members, each of whom is affiliated with a CSCC member. Members hold up to three year terms. Each year, four seats are due for re-election. Members are eligible to run for one, two or three year terms.
CSCC steering committee seats are assigned to an individual, rather than to the member company. Candidates for the committee require two nominations, which may be made by representatives from a CSCC member organization.
The CSCC member organizations include cloud consumer companies which are looking to drive customer requirements into standards development organizations. These are organizations committed to the principles of the Open Cloud Manifesto. Members are involved in a community of international, national, regional and local cloud consumer companies who recognize that a common interoperable platform for the cloud is essential for current and future enterprise IT needs.
This article takes a look at the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC), which is an end user advocacy group which aims to accelerate the successful adoption of the cloud. Its focus is on the standards, security and interoperability issues that surround the transition to the cloud. The article takes a look at the CSCC’s objectives, mission and goals, the tactics the council will apply to achieve its objectives, and its leadership structure.
CCSK Exam Preparation
In preparation for the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), a security professional should be comfortable with topics related to this post, including:
- Compliance (Domain 4)
- Key management best practices and standards (Domain 11)