How Decentralized IT Can Lead to Chaos

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-10-2017 Email

The ongoing decentralization of IT management—fueled by increasingly empowered business departments that are taking ownership of some tech areas—is putting a strain on CIOs and their teams, according to a recent survey from VMware. The resulting "2016 State of the Cloud" report indicates that technology professionals would like to help lines of business (LoB) drive innovation. However, at this point, shadow IT has emerged as a growing and unstoppable force within organizations, and that is creating a more fragmented environment. In addition, there are concerns that LoB units are buying solutions on their own that will place their organization at risk for a cyber-security breach. It's also unclear who actually "owns" the technology acquisition and deployment processes. This is an important focus point from a budgetary perspective, especially since decentralization can lead to a duplication of IT spending and a lack of awareness about who is spending how much on technology. An estimated 3,300 global IT professionals and business users took part in the research, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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