The Shadow Sneaking Around In Your Organization

Lindsey Nelson


Cloud computing is going through a growth spurt and there’s no denying it.

Gartner forecasted a $109 billion market this year and expect the public cloud computing sector to grow to $206.6 billion by 2016.

If you’re wondering why, it’s because it has tons of benefits. Not only companies, but also for the individual who wants to listen to music, pay bills, and read a book when they want, where they want all from their already trusted device.

These things aren’t the only aspects of the dynamic role Cloud is playing; it’s altering how your company’s IT department does its job and will impact their jobs descriptions and company roles in the very near future.

So what’s the biggest challenge Cloud Computing is posing to IT?

If you’ve never heard the term before, Shadow IT is when internal departments, tired of the typically bureaucratic processes involved in working with IT, put in place new technology and turn to third-party service providers. These providers are easy to work with and all you need is the budget. In fact, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study, 30% of IT spending being done by various organizations is happening outside the official IT budget.

My prediction

The demand for IT’s skills will still be a need, however the internally staffed IT numbers will seriously decrease.  Your IT department will be outsourced, not across the pond, but to the small start-up down the street that specializes in CRM or whatever else your internal departments are looking to implement.

If you’re the CIO of a company and you’re reading this, although it may sound disheartening, but if handled properly it presents you with a great opportunity to strengthen your relationship with the CFO.. Why? The CFO has direct visibility into the enterprise spending and will be able to help you strategically manage the shadow IT.

So what impact do you think will this play on the IT department’s role going forward? Where do you think the cloud is headed?


About Lindsey Nelson

Lindsey Nelson currently supports Content and Enablement at SAP. Prior to her current role, she was responsible for Thought Leadership Content Strategy and Pull Marketing Strategy at SAP.