Policy Driven Technology

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"Policy-defined" systems refer to systems or architectures where the behavior and operations are governed through policies rather than hardcoded rules or configurations. 

Policy-defined systems offer greater agility, control, and automation compared to traditional systems. Organizations can manage complex environments more effectively while maintaining compliance and security.

Policies are rules or a set of guidelines that define how the system should behave under different circumstances. Examples of policy defined systems include software defined networks (SDN), role based access control (RBAC), and Security information and event management (SIEM).

Key advantages of policy defined systems include:

Policy Driven Architecture

The idea of a policy driven architecture includes the use of both technical and business solutions defined in policy. 

There are 2 high level policy concepts at play: 

Policy defines how something is completed and policy defines how somethings us used as an output. Information is input and information is output.

Note: The "Core Architecture" must be designed for system wide operations.

Policy types required for defining a policy driven architecture.

Policy fits one of these categories: information, operations and core operations. Different policy types are needed for technical and business information. 

Architectures are designed to support policy. Configuration processes are similar to policy but are limited in design. To build a useful policy driven architecture, core components must be secure, support systems and network technical processes, and allow businesses to manage data to support information management.

The following policies are required to support a business environment.

Policy Development 

Policy development is planning process. One needs to define objectives. Objectives have requirements that are measurable. 

The fulfillment of objectives includes the departments, people and procedures needed to meet the business objectives.  

Like business policy, technical policy are designed by departments, people and procedures needed to fulfill the business objectives. Technical policy determines how systems and networks are designed, used, and maintained.

Policies are defined by the measurements and requirements established during the fulfillment processes.

The illustration below focuses on the need to merge both business and technical processes to define business and technical policies to meet the objectives of management.

Policy Driven Smart Factory Example 

In this narrow example, a few factors are considered related to management and use of data within a factory and between business operations (operations and business management).

For example, 

Implementation Problems and Issues:

Factory Explanation:

Takeaway Issues:

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