Multicloud environments tend to grow organically, less by design and more because organizations spin up resources quickly to meet specific needs without an overarching strategy. When this happens, governance may fall by the wayside. Business and IT leaders generally know they’ve reached this point because they’ll start to see three types of issues.

First, many organizations experience cost increases, usually because they have overprovisioned or idle resources. Second, the presence of poor security controls or the lack of security visibility may raise a red flag. Third, it becomes apparent in other ways that the multicloud environment lacks cohesive, intentional management.

Fortunately, it’s never too late to impose structure and controls where they belong. In fact, there will always be a need to periodically take stock of cloud environments to make sure they align with an organization’s current needs.