Integrating Cloud Governance into Your Existing Compliance Program
From Shadow IT to Shadow Cloud
The gap between the business and IT is widening. With ever increasing pressure to perform, business units, frustrated by rigid organizational structures, are circumventing the CIO organization to get their own IT solutions. This is known as “shadow IT.” Shadow IT is not a new concept, but its recent increase has been dramatic. The culture of consumerization within the enterprise — having what you want, when you want it, the way you want it, and at the price you want it — coupled with aging technologies and outdated IT models, has propelled cloud computing into favor with business units and individual users. Shadow cloud has now emerged as a trend in business organizations. What does this mean for business and IT organizations? The days of “big IT” are gone, but successful IT departments will be those that work with the business to solve the organization’s most important problems: “IT will move from a centralized authority to an advisory, broker, and orchestrator of business services.”
New Shadow, New Risks
Shadow cloud arises from a business unit need for automated solutions and the existence of solutions that are within budget. On the surface, the concerns that companies face with shadow cloud are similar to shadow IT. Total cost of technology, when fully exposed, exceeds budgets. Process changes without the ability to update the solution lead to diminishing value, and a deterioration of knowledge about the solution results in failures in related processes.
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