Service Catalog: The Critical Element of Service Delivery in the Cloud Era

Rohan Kalra, VMware Cloud Architect; Jason Holmberg, Senior Product Manager, VMware
The Service catalog is key to successfully delivering IT infrastructure as a service to your organization. For a cloud environment, we will provide practical guidance on creating the building blocks of a Service catalog : automation, policies, governance, and access control. We will discuss how to assemble these building blocks in a way that results in an effective Service Catalog for users and enables you to manage the complete lifecycle of IT services.
Nov 14 2013
44 mins
Service Catalog: The Critical Element of Service Delivery in the Cloud Era
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People, process, organization & governance for the cloud era
Virtualization, abstraction, and automation create an environment that helps IT increase agility while reducing costs. But while working with some of the most successful implementations around the globe, VMware has discovered that IT organizations must evolve IT operations in order to capture the greatest benefit from cloud computing. Not only their technology architecture and tools. But also the people, process, organization and governance that help optimize use of the technology.
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