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Cloud Sprawl and Shadow IT: Why IT Leaders Need Visibility and Control

The third part of our annual CIO report continues to give a comprehensive analysis of the latest trends and insights surrounding the drivers and barriers to the adoption of cloud.

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85% of CIOs think that cloud sprawl makes the management of cloud-based services a challenge

The previous reports in the series, independently conducted with 200 UK CIOs, have shown how organisations are embracing cloud computing on a massive scale. Yet there remain major barriers which threaten to slow or block adoption.

This third report will focus on the growing problems CIOs have with gaining visibility and control over their cloud environments. “Shadow IT” refers to the use of technologies by groups and departments inside an organisation without the explicit permission of the IT department. There are major security, compliance and financial implications of this growing trend.

This report looks to lift the lid on issues of transparency in cloud computing and offers suggestions on how IT leaders can drive more effective controls over usage in order to head off any risks to the organisation.

The key highlights of the research are:

rsz_lens The majority of IT leaders are in the dark over how much their organisation is spending on the cloud
rsz_lens CIOs believe cloud sprawl is an ongoing challenge to effective management
rsz_lens Fears over a lack of control is slowing the speed of cloud adoption
rsz_lens Cloud providers could do more to warn users about costs they’re incurring when using cloud services
rsz_lens Cloud Sprawl and Shadow IT is having serious implications on security and compliance, especially in light of new European laws (GDPR)

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