What causes shadow IT?

Top Answer : Shadow cloud is a huge issue and indicative of lack of leadership. If people are going around to use their credit card, you are not serving your development and R&D organization, and you should fix that rather than slap their hands.

Yellow Terminal
IT, Software
Shadow cloud is a huge issue and indicative of lack of leadership. If people are going around to use their credit card, you are not serving your development and R&D organization, and you should fix that rather than slap their hands.
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Pink Terminal
IT, Professional Services
What happens when you take a pebble and you put it in a river? The water just finds a way to go right around it. The same thing is true with shadow IT. I think it happens for one of two reasons. In one scenario, which is probably more common, something is wrong within the IT organization and that pebble isn't cutting it. And so the organization is just working right around it. The second example is those who embrace shadow IT and see it as either a source of innovation or an opportunity to extend the organization. In this case, it tends to be very transparent and very forthcoming. Organizations that have gone down that path have derived a lot of value from doing so. I think the first one shows a degree of immaturity in the organization, quite frankly, and other issues around relationships and culture. The second shows a degree of very positive maturity and saying, "Look, maybe we can't do it all as an IT organization. And so we're going to bring our brothers and sisters together, and say, ‘how can we do this more collaboratively?’"
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Green Hard Drive
IT, Software
Often it is due to lack of oversight.   An effective way to limit shadow IT is to let staff know that any software purchased or cloud service used without approval from the IT & security departments will not be reimbursed.
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Pink Terminal
IT, Educational Services
Inability to deliver or lack of alignment with overall IT vision and direction.
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Yellow Processor
IT, Educational Services
Shadow IT happens when the current IT Staff don't have the right skills to support, don't have the resources to support, or just plain say "It's not my job" to support.
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Red USB Stick
IT, Hardware
Brittle applications
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