How Decentralized IT Can Lead to Chaos

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-10-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    It's unclear who owns the IT acquisition process. This is important from a budgetary standpoint, since decentralization can lead to a duplication of IT spending.
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    69% of the IT professionals and business users surveyed said IT management has become increasingly decentralized over the last three years.
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    65% of IT pros want tech management to become more centralized.
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    74% of all the survey respondents believe that the tech department should enable lines of business to drive innovation.
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    60% said decentralization results in apps being developed outside of corporate or government regulations.
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    57% of the respondents said this decentralization has led to the purchasing of non-secure solutions.
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    56% said decentralization results in a lack of regulatory compliance of data protection.
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    58% of the IT pros surveyed said decentralization has created a lack of clear ownership and responsibility for IT.
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    61% of all the survey respondents feel that decentralization creates a duplication of IT spending throughout the organization.
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    57% said decentralization leads to a lack of awareness of overall IT spending enterprisewide.
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    As a result of the decentralization trend, organizations are seeing an average increase of 5.7% on technology spending.
 

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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