Planning PlatformPLAN for the creation, consumption, governance, and management of your cloud-based IT service portfolio.

Organizations need to carefully plan for the role out of their cloud strategy including self-service consumption of IT services across hybrid clouds. This includes capturing the regulatory constraints, security zones, entitlements, and other unique requirements of specific teams and cloud environments before launching new cloud-based IT services. The Agility Platform provides a flexible platform to simplify the creation of custom policies, organization models, approval gates, and more to ensure that enterprises successfully plan and manage their enterprise cloud operating models.

Planning for Enterprise IT-as-a-Service

Cloud-based operating models require carefully planning and implementation, including the enforcement of a wide range of governance and security controls to mitigate risk. Agility Platform provides robust tools to accelerate the planning and implementation process while also supporting the demanding needs of large enterprises.

Agility Platform’s policy engine is based on an extensible meta-model and provides the foundation for enforcing cloud governance across the enterprise. These policies can be created with visual modeling tools or scripted manually. Once created, these policies can be applied with fine-grain control across a customizable organizational hierarchy that models the enterprise’s business units, departments, projects, and SDLC stages. Agility Platform also manages permissions and entitlements with a customizable RBAC model and provides integration to identity management systems and technologies including LDAP, Active Directory and SAML.

Planning also extends to IT standards, cloud security considerations, and software release management. Agility Platform provides an end-to-end security model and allows you to plan and implement customizable security zones and restrict workload placement to the appropriate zone. A wide range of IT standards can be embedded directly into application blueprints, including definition of standard operating environments that will be shared across departments and teams. Finally, planning for application release automation and DevOps initiatives is supported through the definition of SDLC stages and quality gates which can be customized for each team or project.