Shadow IT is a good thing for IT organizations…and here’s why...
It is important to first understand what Shadow IT is and why it happens.
Shadow IT is commonly referred to when non-IT organizations delve into the
delivery of technology solutions…without IT’s involvement. It happens for
a number of reasons. But the most common is when there is demand for a
technology solution and it is believed (right or wrong) that IT is not able
to assist or deliver the solution. This could be due to timing, availability,
experience, bureaucracy, or a number of other factors. The bottom line is
that the non-IT organization believes they can address a need better than the
IT organization can.
In general, is Shadow IT a bad thing? Yes, but has the opportunity to evolve
into a very good thing. Shadow IT (as it is often implemented today) is a
reaction to a problem with a solution tha... (more)
IT is dead. Long live IT! 2013 is turning into a watershed year for CIOs as
the traditional CIO is not the CIO of today. Business expectations, IT
leadership styles and technology solutions are all driving an evolutionary
change for CIOs and the IT organizations they lead. The changes did not
happen overnight as business shifts, Shadow IT and New Technology were all
Tim Crawford with Cloud Expo, Inc. CEO Carmen Gonzalez
Now that the industry is reaching a tipping point where the new CIO model
becomes the new standard, look for a number of changes moving forward:
This week’s announcement of Oracle’s (NYSE: ORCL) acquisition of Virtual
Iron caused a bit of a stir. Oracle’s press release is a bit vague and
financial terms were not disclosed:
http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/018535 The acquisition acknowledges
an architectural shift toward a collapsed stack. Today’s stack includes
layers for applications, platforms and infrastructure. A future stack would
eliminate the middle [...]
Could they? Could it be out of Vogue to operate your own data center? Current
developments in Corporate Social Responsibility and a maturing data center
marketplace are starting to drive these changes.
For many, this could be a discussion about the pink elephant in the room.
Data centers have been, and continue to be a requirement for businesses
around the world. We rely more heavily every day on systems and the
applications they run. Those applications run on servers and use storage
subsystems; all of which are connected with networking devices. Collectively,
we call this the “... (more)
I had the opportunity to write a post for SecureWorld Post’s site.
The role Information Security (InfoSec) is nothing new to many organizations.
InfoSec’s methods and best practices are well understood. Note I am
distinguishing between being understood and well implemented. As technology
and methods make incremental changes, InfoSec processes evolved accordingly.
And best practices become more widely understood. That is all well and good.
Then Cloud Computing comes along. Without getting into the nuances what it is
and how long it has been around, it is significantly changing the I... (more)