Shadow IT: source of problems or source of innovation?

Shadow IT is a non-ending story on companies where they have a centralized IT department. So CIOs and their teams have been working always on this topic.

Typically Shadow IT is seen as a nuisance, but there are other organizations that see it as a source of innovation as the business is implementing a solution for a given problem without the hurdles of the bureaucracy.

The sources of Shadow IT

These sources change every single year, as the technology evolves and evolves.

20 years ago the main source of shadow IT came from a Visual Basic program, a Lotus Notes local application or an Excel. Now, the sources are infinite.

I’m looking for specific actions that IT department on a global company can do to limit and uncover Shadow IT. Not the traditional ones, but the new ones that comes from new and emerging technologies.

Any suggestion?

 

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