Can cloudless IT policies survive? July 11, 2017

There was a time when IT computing departments were managing the technology for the company as a whole and the business units had to pass on all of their IT needs to the IT department.

Then came the shadow IT, in other words the deployment of applications based on cloud computing at the level of departments and business departments. Studies show that this phenomenon was and still is motivated by operational unit managers who simply want the work done quickly, while official channels are too slow. In other words, the adoption of cloud services has enabled the company to become more agile.

What impact has the emergence of this “cloud computing” on the position of the companies vis-à-vis cloud computing, and in particular those having implemented a policy without a cloud?

 

The shadow IT is here to last

 

The problem of shadow IT, if it is actually a problem, is not about to disappear. Both the scope and the number of cloud computing services are expanding, offering an increasingly attractive, even for the most opposed to the cloud.

CIOs must therefore manage the access to the cloud of the shadow IT, from a technological as well as a psychological point of view, because the enforcement of rigid rules is unlikely to succeed. On the contrary, policies favoring cloud computing, or even giving it exclusivity, will become the norm in the company, according to Gartner’s studies. As a result, cloud-based technologies and techniques that help people who need quick and easy access to cloud services will also grow.

This is not to support the idea that access to cloud services should be allowed without appropriate controls, but rather to recognize that the pressure to adopt cloud services tactically will only increase and To ensure that mechanisms are in place to promote it while minimizing risk.

 

Key role of the MSP

 

Access to cloud services must be quick and easy within a policy framework, for example. For example, a Managed Services Provider (also referred to as an outsourcer) that relies on a large cloud provider for its offerings must be able to activate a service quickly, assuming that it understands the security and other policies of the organization, S business.

The risks associated with unauthorized access to cloud computing services should not be overlooked. Access regulation will be particularly important for companies in many sectors, while other issues such as software resource management and software standards may be in conflict with compliance requirements, regardless of sector. ‘activity. However, for example, security policies need to distinguish, from a security risk perspective, between the last marketing presentation and a spreadsheet from the finance department.

Most companies are likely to welcome assistance in managing such risks. As a result, outsourcing becomes a pathway to cloud computing services, but also a crucial part of the IT process, helping to activate cloud services for business unit managers and using its experience to manage shadow IT At least access to cloud services).

 

The “cloudless” destined to disappear

 

So the quick and easy answer to the question of policies without a cloud is no, these policies can not survive. Market research confirms this: Gartner believes that by 2020, a corporate policy spreading cloud computing will be as rare as a policy without the Internet today.

Jeffrey Mann, Vice President of Research at Gartner, said, “We believe this position will become increasingly untenable.” Cloud computing will gradually emerge as the default option for software deployment. The same goes for custom software, which is increasingly designed for a variant of the public or private cloud. “[1]

Meeting internal demand for the ever-broadening range of cloud services is the only way to ensure that business units do not jeopardize company data and do not -conformity. This request will not disappear; It is the cloudless policies that need to be eliminated.

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