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Why Shadow IT is Dangerous to Your Organization

Moving to cloud offers many benefits to organizations.  However, these benefits come with a corresponding range of new challenges for IT to address.  One of these challenges is what is known as “Shadow IT.”  Shadow IT refers to activities of members within an organization to secure their own IT resources without going through a company’s IT department.

There are many compelling reasons why organizations consider Shadow IT an important issue:

Security: IT resources outside the management of a company’s IT department are also outside of their control and policy management.  Many cloud providers offer only marginal security with their baseline service; to get better security requires an upsell and higher cost.  This means that sensitive company data and digital assets may be exposed without a company’s knowledge.  As a result, a company may be at risk in many ways, either through potential loss of customer data or failure to comply with industry standards and requirements.

Cost: When cloud services are purchased individually, they cost more.  A large organization can consolidate cloud resources needs across all of its departments to achieve volume-pricing discounts.

Efficiency: A group that purchases its own cloud resources may underutilize them.  When clouds resources are managed by IT, unutilized resources can be shared with other departments.  Such a strategy increases the efficient usage of cloud resources.  In addition, fewer resources are required across the company, resulting in lower cost as well.

Unified Management: When cloud resources can be centrally managed, their management can be consistent and unified across the company.  This enables IT to ensure that cloud resources are properly protected as well as simplifies tracking allocation and usage of resources.

There is a high value in eliminating Shadow IT.  However, it is clear that relying upon policies that prohibit Shadow IT activities is not enough to solve the problem.  In the blog, “Overcome Your Shadow IT Struggles”, cloud provider Presidio discusses the reasons why Shadow IT exists.  The blog also describes how you can provide compelling reasons for members of your organization to go through IT and use internal resources.

Another important facet of eliminating Shadow IT is selecting the right cloud services and provider.  It does little good to consolidate cloud access if the services IT brokers to the organization don’t provide enterprise-class security, performance, and flexibility as a baseline.

Learn more about how Hybrid Cloud and Cisco Powered cloud and managed services can transform your business.

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Summary: Top 10 ICT Trends in 2015: are you ready for digital transformation?

By Kevin Bloch, Cisco Chief Technology Officer, Australia and New Zealand

One of the best parts about my job is that I get to spend a lot of time listening to some very smart people, both internally within Cisco and externally. As we touch so many parts of the global technology industry and market, it puts me in a fantastic position to see what’s coming down the track. So, each year around this time, I take the opportunity to offer some predictions for the year ahead (which, incidentally, is Cisco’s 30th birthday).

It will probably come as no surprise that the biggest theme you’ll hear about this year is digital transformation, which is essentially underpinned by the Internet of Everything (IoE). In the next twelve months, enterprises will spend more than $40 billion globally, designing, implementing and operating the Internet of Things (IoT). Already thirty-eight percent of technology spend is outside of IT.

Read the full Top 10 ICT Trends in 2015 blog and feel free to provide any feedback.

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What’s Inside Your Cloud?

One of the key benefits of moving to the cloud is that someone else–your service provider–takes care of the day-to-day management of your technology.  You can focus on adding value at a higher level. Scale capacity and increase your company’s productivity by introducing new capabilities such as collaboration applications or desktop-as-a-service.

Unfortunately, not all clouds are created equal.  The success of your business relies upon the quality of the services you choose.  You might not experience the level of losses Best Buy did when their site went down on Black Friday, but unplanned downtime can still seriously hurt your business.

The technology inside the cloud services you use really does matter.  When you buy commodity-class services, you have no guarantee of the performance, reliability, or even availability of your business-critical data and applications.

This is why Intel and Cisco are working together to deliver enterprise-class cloud services you can rely upon.  These two leaders offer more than just promises.  Both companies have a long history of proven quality and reliability.  Services built upon their technology provide fast time-to-market, offer assured performance, and leverage ongoing innovation.

This assurance of quality is extended to your service provider as well.  Cisco identifies cloud providers meeting its highest standards with the Cisco Powered logo.  These partners must undergo a rigorous third-party audit to verify that they are able to deliver as promised.  This means your services are also protected with end-to-end security.  And, with the rise of the Intercloud, you’ll benefit from workload portability between clouds and the ability to comply with local data sovereignty regulations.

You trust Intel and Cisco inside your data center.  Now you can trust them inside your cloud services.  Intel and Cisco.  Connect with confidence.

Learn more about how Intel and Cisco are working together in The Future is in the Clouds.  To find a cloud provider who can offer you the reliability of Intel and Cisco together, visit the Intel Cloud Finder.

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Making the Most of the Cloud and Enabling New Capabilities

Cloud computing has been an important aspect of IT departments for several years but it wasn’t until the past decade that cloud computing started to develop and evolve to include private, public and hybrid cloud solutions. The capability and agility of the cloud has forced this rapid evolution. Cloud is transforming businesses of all sizes, from small and midsized businesses to larger organizations – a trend that’s showing no signs of slowing down. So what does the evolution of cloud solutions and services mean for the future?

The Future is Cloud

Cloud enables capabilities such as enhanced remote access, video streaming, faster disaster recovery, increased scalability and reduced IT infrastructure total cost of ownership (TCO) and will be a main driver of these capabilities moving forward.

With most new software being built for cloud from the outset, Gartner predicts that Read More »

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The Journey to Becoming an Enterprise Cloud Service Brokerage: From Shadow IT to Hybrid IT

As enterprise cloud use extends to public, private, and hybrid clouds, CIOs and IT leaders are realizing the need to evolve their IT business model to become enterprise cloud service brokerage (CSBs).

Cisco’s Scott Clark recently discussed the value of this new business approach for IT and highlighted that by adopting this approach IT can “provide the right private, hybrid or public cloud service, at the right time, and at the right cost.”

Most organizations are lagging behind in overhaul their business model and evolve into a CSB. Ovum came out with a report citing that only 50% of organizations participating had a cloud strategy in place and “only one-third or less of respondents said they have [cloud] governance, integration, or compliance strategies.” Read More »

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