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)
I speak with a number of Business Leaders, CIOs, IT leaders and IT staff
about this very issue. The subject of IT Transformation is one that keeps
coming up. Yet, it seems as illusive as it is alluring.
Looking For Direction
The technology (specifically IT) world is becoming more complex and
challenging every day. I speak with a number of Business Leaders, CIOs, IT
leaders and IT staff about this very issue. The subject of IT Transformation
is one that keeps coming up. Yet, it seems as illusive as it is alluring. The
prospect that it could bring is enough motivation for many to try... (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:
Many in the technology world focus on the technology itself without
significant consideration of the data or more importantly, the information.
When you dig a bit deeper, the real reason, the business reason we exist is
about the data.
Just presenting data, however, it not enough. When building applications to
present data, we need to consider how to best present information. And with
information, there is a core principle to follow. I call it ‘rIrTrPrM’.
rIrTrPrM is an acronym of sorts:
rI = right Information: Ensuring that the right information is presented.
The data center industry is heading toward an inflection point that has
significant impact on enterprises. It seems many aren't looking far enough
ahead, but the timeline appears to be 12-18 months, which is not that far
out! The issue is a typical supply chain issue of supply, demand and
A Change in the Winds
First, let's start with a bit of background... The advent of Cloud Computing
and newer technologies are driving an increase in the number of enterprises
looking to ‘get out of the data center business. I, along with others, have
presented many times about ‘Death... (more)