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How to Implement Policy in Microsoft Azure for 3 Common Cloud Governance Use Cases

Published: 16 December 2019

ID: G00407032

Analyst(s): Richard Watson


Enterprises using Azure must implement programmatic controls for enforcing governance policies to enable self-service for cloud users. This assessment illustrates how I&O technical professionals can use Azure Policy and other native services to implement common governance use cases.

Table Of Contents


  • Requirements for Implementing Programmatic Governance Using Policy
  • Azure Governance Implementation Basics
    • The Azure Resource Hierarchy
  • Assessing Azure Implementations for Common Governance Use Cases
    • Use Case No. 1: Identity, Security and Compliance
    • Use Case No. 2: Cost Management and Resource Optimization
    • Use Case No. 3. Inventory and Classification
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Start With a Foundation of Azure Governance Best Practices
    • Map Your Organization and Products Closely to the Azure Resource Hierarchy
    • Implement the Principle of Least Privilege
  • Evaluate Third-Party Cloud Management Platforms and Tools
  • Beware of Preview Services and Keep Informed of New Governance Capabilities

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