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Trust Score, A method to motivate employees to optimize cloud asset utilization

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Publication Date: 2017-Jun-29
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Trust Score: A method to motivate employees to optimize cloud asset utilization

Abstract

Oftentimes developers buy cloud assets, such as virtual machines, without company

budgets in mind. The "Trust Score" is a method to encourage developers to optimize

their resource utilization and spending, which in turn will allow them to bypass approval

levels when ordering new assets.

Introduction

Disclosed is a scoring method for cost optimized cloud asset utilization.

When new resources become available within a business, employees tend to take

advantage of them without considering costs and needs. This problem can be observed

in enterprise IT companies where developers continually request and approve the

procurement of cloud assets such as virtual machines, databases and services.

Developers generally do not make procurement decisions with team or company

budgets in mind. Even with the good intentions of improving the performance of an

application, there is little consideration of how their decisions will affect spending.

Therefore, developers usually must seek and receive approval from product owners or

cloud architects when they believe that a change in current usage or a new asset

altogether is needed to support one or more applications. This approval process is out

of sync with the fast-paced nature of the cloud computing industry. Time is money.

Spending and resource utilization are not optimized when developers need to wait to

receive necessary resources. On the other hand, removing the approval process

altogether would allow employees with limited experience to make decisions which may

be detrimental to spending or resource utilization.

Developers need some kind of motivation in order to make procurement decisions with

higher-level spending in mind. Also needed is a medium of trust in which developers

can procure resources by exemplifying past behavior. With the solution proposed in this

article, developers can bypass approval levels by showing responsibility in their asset

usage. If their prior decisions made positive impacts on spending on resource utilization,

they can procure assets with fewer levels of approval from upper-level management, or

bypass approval altogether. A Trust Score addresses both needs in one.

Related Work/Prior Art

Most related ideas discuss the scoring of systems, but not individuals. The concept

"Dynamic Trust Score for Evaluating Ongoing Online Relationships" (Dhillon et al.,

2013) is related to individual scores, but irrelevant to cloud asset procurement. The

patent discusses a trust score to evaluate the quality of "ongoing online relationships"

by considering a plurality of user data variables and using validation data from internal

and external database sources. The patent "Device reputation" patent from

(Ranganathan et al., 2014) focuses on systems, not individuals. It is not related to cloud

assets or employees of an organization, and instead focuses on assigning a score

based on the reliability of a device ba...