Posted On: March 20, 2018
Topic: Cloud & Hosting Solutions
How many cloud applications and services do your employees use every day? How much of it does your IT department actually know about? Chances are, IT is unaware of more than you think.
Research from Cisco finds that, on average, CIOs estimate their organization is using only 51 cloud services, while the actual number is closer to 730. That means your IT department – the people who plan your technology roadmap and manage your data, technology and applications to ensure optimal uptime, performance, security and compliance – is managing less than 10 percent of your cloud footprint. The remaining 90 percent runs under-the-radar. Known as “Shadow IT,” it’s creating big risks for enterprises.
Shadow IT is more broadly defined as any technology used inside an organization without IT’s approval or even knowledge. Often, it’s the result of business units looking to adopt new cloud services but unwilling to wait for IT to completely vet, test, approve and implement them. These business units set aside budget for the (usually) reasonable monthly subscription rate, scan the corporate credit card and get to work. Unfortunately, while they are quickly up and running, they may be exposing your organization to:
With the risks mounting, organizations can no longer ignore Shadow IT, but neither can they simply forbid it. To embrace Shadow IT, a subtler, service-oriented approach is required in order to:
Managing Shadow IT is a balancing act, but by embracing change and moving toward a service-oriented approach, you can reduce its risks while protecting your core business assets — no matter where they live.
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