The ONUG Collaborative was started in 2019 with founding members

Its charter is to identify and provide solutions to big cross-industry, large enterprise issues, such as cybersecurity and data protection, which are both significant areas of concern to large corporations.

In 2021, The Collaborative will focus on Automated Cloud Governance (ACG) through the development of a Cloud Security Notification Framework (CSNF).

The ONUG Collaborative Steering Committee

Steering Committee members are exclusively C-level executives of Fortune 100 companies and set the direction of its working group(s). Steering Committee member companies receives a voting rights to set the Collaborative direction. They also populate working group(s) with a member of their senior staff to work with peers. Some great relationships have been established through the working groups.

ONUG Collaborative Steering Committee members

  • FedEx, Founding Member, represented by Gene Sun, Chief Information Security Officer
  • Cigna, Founding Member, represented by James Beeson, Chief Information Security Officer
  • Raytheon Technologies, Founding Member, represented by Daniel Conroy, Chief Technology Officer
  • Goldman Sachs, awaiting executive appropriation
  • Microsoft Azure, represented by Avi Ben-Menahem
  • IBM Cloud, represented by Jerome Bell, VP and Chief Security Officer
  • Google Cloud Platform: Awaiting executive appropriation

Why get involved in the Collaborative?

To amplify your corporation’s voice/influence with other large corporations to ensure you receive the tools you need to drive successful digital transformation.

The ONUG Collaborative provides a means for corporations to engage and work together in a problem-solving atmosphere/culture to facilitate automated cloud governance approaches that benefit all, no matter where you are on your enterprise cloud journey. The Collaborative is represented by the largest cloud consumers as well as cloud providers including Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud and Google Cloud enabling it to identify gaps and facilitate hybrid/multi-cloud solutions.

Benefits include:

Opportunity to influence the requirements development, technology adoption, and future direction of the CSNF big tent initiative by joining with leaders in the CSNF working group.

  • Be a voting member for CSNF working group activities and deliverables.
  • Gain industry recognition through involvement in CSNF Working Group.
  • Network with other members and industry experts to create and develop critical collaborations and partnerships.
  • Create and lead/co-lead new testbeds, provide lab environment, resources, or join in ONUG member testbeds.
  • Access ONUG and CSNF research reports, white papers, industry scenarios and other material produced by ONUG.
  • Participate in all ONUG Working groups including; AIOps, Elastic Infrastructure, Orchestration and Automation, Cloud Security, Observability
  • Possible speaking opportunities through the ONUG events, related to CSNF relevant topics.
  • Additional branding in CSNF related marketing materials, research, associated CSNF press announcements and/or social media.
  • Be listed as an author on work contributed to CSNF and thought leadership documentation.
  • Member’s company CEO to support initiative in a public statement.
  • Have your company logo displayed on ONUG materials and hot-link to your website.
  • Receive 1 yr unlimited license to host, post, display CSNF logo on products, services
  • Receive credits of membership dues applied to ONUG Conference Sponsorships or tickets
  • Receive 15% discounting on CSNF verification testing
  • Dedicate one to two engineers/product managers to participate in working group(s)
  • Receive the annual ONUG Collaborative Report with detailed survey results from ONUG Community members providing the definitive view of the state of the enterprise cloud.
  • The Collaborative’s work is open sourced to benefit the entire industry.

How to Get involved in the ONUG Collaborative

The collaborative maintains two bodies, an executive steering committee and working group(s). Complete the form below to express your interest in joining the ONUG Collaborative. We are accepting membership requests from all corporations and members of the cloud vendor ecosystem community.

Steering Committee
Board Member

Exclusively for C-level executives of Fortune 100 companies and invited senior members of the vendor/cloud community. Members set the direction of the working group(s), populate the working groups and receive voting rights to decide on the areas of focus for the 12 month period.

Working Group

Join large enterprise cloud customers and product managers of cloud solution providers in a working group. Appoint an appropriate executive(s) to participate in building the Cloud Security Notification Network (CSNF).

The ONUG Collaborative has industry influence and seeks to put it to work by providing valuable tools to enable your digital transformation journey.

The ACG Working Group

The first project of the ONUG Collaborative was to form the Automated Cloud Governance (ACG) Working Group. Once that working group formed, JP Morgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, UBS, Pfizer and others joined as members.

ACG Working Group Staff

Mark Tierney, Chief Technology Officer

Scott Kargman, Chief Financial Officer

Joann Varello, Chief Marketing Officer

Michael ClarkEditor

Jeannette Tibbets, Executive Assistant

ACG Working Group Membership

John Willis

Sr Dir. Global Transformation

Mark Tierney

Chief Technology Officer

Don Duet

CEO and Co-founder

Michael Clark


The ACG Working Group White Paper

The ACG Working group’s recently released white paper, has garnered press coverage in the Wall St Journal, Information Week and other outlets. Released in May 2020, the ACG White Paper sought to educate the industry on and advocate for:

  • Cloud transparency
  • Cloud standardized identity and data format
  • Cloud security center framework standardization

The Cloud Security Notification Framework - The Collaborative’s Big Initiative

The collaborative, through the ACG Working Group, is pursuing the development of a common Cloud Security Notification Framework or CSNF reference implementation/architecture. The goal is to create common definitions and syntax for major cloud provider security alerts, alarms, events etc. and is the start of multi-cloud security notification services. The goal is to make a common open source security notification framework available in the industry so that cloud governance and policy can be automated, thus a shared responsibility model, a reality. In phase three, compliance officers are to be invited.

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Find out more about participating in the ONUG Collaborative Working Group

Filling in the form below  is the 1st step

to enabling your digital Transformation!

Every Tuesday at 12 pm ET, there is a check-in call (generally 1/2 hour); once per month, there is a virtual all-day meeting; there is a dedicated Slack channel for communication between meetings.

Every Tuesday, there are a check-in calls (generally 1/2 hour); there are dedicated Slack channels for communication between meetings.

Yes; ONUG organizes working groups on the most common use cases which include AIOps, Elastic Infrastructure, Orchestration and Automation, Observability and Cloud Security…all working groups focus on hybrid and multi-cloud requirements.

We recommend a project manager and an engineer per working group.

Yes, rolling 12-month membership.

This varies; all working groups meet every Tuesday for a 30-minute video conference check-in and have dedicated slack channels for communications in between meetings. In addition, the ACG Working Group has a full-day virtual workshop once per month (which are very productive meetings); the other working groups meet the day before an ONUG Conference for a virtual workshop in the Spring and Fall. All virtual workshops will be a mix of live and virtual once we are able to gather live again.

Yes; each working group has dedicated Slack channels in the ONUG Slack workspace.

It depends, but ONUG strives for 25% of a working group membership to be IT executives.

All vendors are offered the opportunity to present/demonstrate a Proof-of-concept (PoC) based upon the working group output; these PoCs take place throughout both days of ONUG Conferences and are highly attended. Day 2 of the ONUG Conference is dedicated to the working groups, where members present status and gain community input to drive the next block of work.

All working groups are funded by membership dues.

All ONUG Working Groups output is open sourced as either Creative Commons or other Apache license.

ONUG Working Groups have created the $5B SD-WAN market, defined hybrid and multi-cloud markets and are defining automated cloud governance for the enterprise cloud era.

Yes…Azure, GCP, IBM Cloud.

No, participation is required; The Collaborative is just that…a place for companies and professionals to collaborate, share ideas and contribute to an outcome that benefits your company and the industry in general.