What’s the impact of covert clouds?

April 5, 2014
What’s the impact of covert clouds?

We recently announced the results of our research into the impact that off-radar cloud spending is having on businesses across Europe.

This quantified what many IT managers are already aware of – covert cloud spend has become a reality and an issue no IT department or business can ignore. Our earlier blog post took a closer look at the figures behind these covert clouds and the reaction from IT managers. What is clear, though, is that IT teams need to take action and balance the benefits of covert clouds with the security of approved cloud solutions. In this post, we take a closer look at the approach that IT managers should be adopting towards their own covert clouds.

One train of thought from the research is that covert clouds are being created by staff to deliver benefits to the business. Cloud computing, both in and out of the office, has raised expectations of what a fast, dynamic IT infrastructure can deliver  -and many departments want this, even if it means going outside their IT function. While this shows employees taking the initiative to drive innovation and growth through cloud technology, it also places an additional security and management burden on the IT department.  Despite the benefits of covert clouds, they can present a serious threat to a business through data leakage and a lack of compliance to regulatory standards if they are not managed properly.

With employees taking these decisions into their own hands, this is where IT teams need to be more proactive in order to minimise the risk and the management burden. IT teams have to find the right balance between providing IT flexibility and managing this in a way that is suitable for the broader business and its longer term success. The solution used to provision cloud services is key to this, as the IT department has now reached a tipping point where it’s no longer an option to ignore the reality of off-radar cloud spend. IT decision makers should embrace covert clouds and ensure they provide the flexibility that staff require, while also managing them in a way that is suitable and secure for the business.

What IT managers needs to take away from the covert cloud research is that by acting now, they can turn covert clouds into a competitive differentiator rather than a security, management and compliance threat to the business. We’ll continue to explore this issue on the blog over the coming months. In the meantime, we’ll be bringing you the highlights of what the media has had to say about the research.


 
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