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From the blog: Shadow IT in broad daylight?

Shadow IT in the enterprise is the phenomenon whereby enterprise IT decisions are made without the knowledge, involvement or review by the organisation’s own IT department. This is especially relevant in the enthusiasm for the adoption of the latest emerging technology to fill a localised need within the organisation.

By definition, Shadow IT is under the radar of enterprise governance and as such presents a systemic risk to the organisation – something that should be, but is often not, raising alarm bells in organisations concerned about data protection, governance and risk.

In a recent survey conducted by ReRez Research covering some 3,236 organizations in 29 countries (commissioned by Symantec)  noted that three-quarters of all organizations surveyed had put business sensitive information into the cloud without appropriate oversight.

The fact is that given the increase uncertainty and volatility facing Australian organisations, whether public, private or government,  tends to drives technology decision making which is increasingly focussed on the short term. Expediency in meeting short term targets is no guarantee of long term success.

Non-IT executives need to consider the impacts of Shadow IT, unless of course, they are not planning to be around long enough to find out!
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Mentor, consultant and industry advisor, author, columnist, speaker and regular news media commentator. Former CIO

For more than three decades Rob has amassed senior managerial experience, substantially as CIO in multinational corporations.

A sought-after mentor, consultant and industry advisor, he is also an author, columnist, conference keynote speaker and regular news media commentator.

A Fellow of the University of Technology, Sydney’s Faculty of Engineering and IT, Rob lectures to higher-degree students on leadership, strategy and innovation.

Launched late 2010, his advisory practice (Rob Livingstone Advisory Pty Ltd) is based on 3 pillars:

- Advisory, where he helps define and scope the problem
- Consulting, where he helps solve the problem, and
- Business Transformation through coaching and mentoring

His first book (2011), "Navigating through the Cloud", has provided invaluable insight to a wide range of corporations weighing up the risks and rewards that so many new technologies embody.

His latest book (2014) "Direction through Disruption" deals with careers caught in the crossfire between technology disruption and globalization, and what you can do about it to protect your greatest income producing asset - your career.

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