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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Working with Shadow IT

In CIO Dashboard:   A term I had not specifically heard of.  Though the world of Bring your own device (BYOD) has been in action for some time.  A survey of CIOs says that some 30% of IT used in business is procured outside of the company. It cannot be prevented today, but how can the shadow be brightened to decrease the risks?  The scenario is common, I saw it often in the enterprise:  " ... Those seeking speed sometimes acquire technology outside traditional IT standards and procurement processes. Then, they realize they need the CIO to populate their new platform with corporate data to power their project. In a rush to innovate, they can overlook the importance of integrating corporate systems and data to fully exploit the unsanctioned technology, reducing risk and lowering TCO. Missing the integration requirements can result in unforeseen slow downs, reducing the speed advantages that were the goal in the first place. Meanwhile, CIOs get an unwelcome surprise that racks up unforeseen risks and costs.... " 

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