While cloud-based compute resources are seemingly infinite, providers charge by usage. Poorly organized development cycles and runtimes can end up costing an enterprise a hefty sum.
Tony Baer, principal analyst of On Strategies said governance will indeed be important in the cloud. Where security is an added concern in cloud environments, he said governance can help enforce policies designed to keep applications from leaking sensitive information into a public space.
There are many lessons that the IT sector learned from SOA governance that now apply as enterprises look to move to the cloud.