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Embrace Shadow IT Clouds

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Cloud is the new shadow IT for enterprises. While stable, well-known SaaS offerings such as Salesforce or Netsuite are excellent paths forward,  unregulated, shadow IT cloud deployments often expand  business risk and magnify IT inefficiencies.  According to a recent TechRepublic report, shadow IT departments can create major fiscal problems for businesses using the cloud.  A PressReleasepoint.com release points to the source of increasing shadow IT cloud deployments:

Leasing cloud servers and subscribing to applications is incredibly easy. There is no reason why a business manager, customer service representative or other non-technical employee cannot quickly establish a cloud deal and start using an application because he or she thinks it will get the job done effectively. This is precisely why IT oversight is necessary.

Shadow IT teams gain faster time to market and decrease delivery hurdles by running home-brewed business critical systems on AWS, Heroku, Cloudbees, Azure and other cloud platforms. Often enterprise IT only discovers Cloud systems existence when the Shadow IT project requires access to  enterprise system data or services.

To co-exist with Shadow IT and maximize Cloud efficiency and productivity,  align corporate IT policy, architecture, operations, and support with innovative, shadow IT projects . Are you an expert at working with Shadow IT?

Shadow IT Chief and Chuck

Source: http://smartenterpriseexchange.com/groups/web-20-in-the-enterprise/blog/2013/02/20/chief-and-chuck-a-shadow-of-himself

Embrace Shadow IT

Embrace Shadow IT by making the right thing to do the easy thing to do.

A DevOps PaaS, such as WSO2 App Factory or CloudBees, addresses the #1 reason for developers to abandon enterprise IT infrastructure and go to the cloud: freedom to create, innovate, manage and operate at their own pace under their own control.

DevOps PaaS offers enterprise developers a single web site via which they can create new apps, develop, test, deploy and operate them in shared collaborative way.  The environment also allows enterprise IT to selectively expose enterprise capabilities via APIs and enables developers to do self-service API consumption to empower them to consume and create on top of existing enterprise systems.  At the same time,  a CIO retains oversight and policy control by operating a private, public or hybrid infrastructure cloud, which can be cost shared and billed via a pay-as-you-go model, while offering complete visibility into Shadow IT activities across all parts of the organization.

Corporate IT and the CIO can again be a business-enabler and encourage creative Shadow IT experimentation and delivery.

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