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Ostrich or Eagle: How CIOs Can Address the Shocking Reality of Shadow IT

Recently, I had a conversation with a CIO and her team. We were reviewing the extraordinary growth of unknown and known cloud services within organizations like hers. She turned to her team and asked “well what should we do?” Some of her leaders said: “we can’t control it, so why should we discover it?” Others pushed to learn more and help enable rather than inhibit cloud use. She absorbed this, and then simply said, “We either can be ostriches, burying our heads in the sand, or eagles. But we should keep in mind that eagles see what is coming.”

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What Are The Riskiest Cloud Services?

We’ve known for years that employees and lines of business are bypassing IT departments to get the cloud services they want. The good news is we can finally quantify how much shadow IT exists in an organization and identify any risks.

Large customers actually use 730 individual cloud services on average—with some using over 1,000. That’s 15-22 times more than what their IT departments estimate. We can help customers understand what (and how much) they are using, but even then, I get asked (a lot) – which ones are the riskiest?


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Demo: Experience Cisco Cloud Consumption

Cloud sprawl is a BIG challenge. Large companies use 730 individual cloud services – a number which has grown a staggering 21% in just six months. If you don’t know by now what your organization is using, you need to!

At Cisco Live US 2015, Haley Gallant of the Cisco Cloud Consumption practice did a masterful job demonstrating all the features of our Cloud Consumption software.

In just three minutes, you can learn how Cloud Consumption Services can help you discover and monitor your cloud service usage, identify cloud usage anomalies, and understand the risks of cloud.

Take a look and learn more about how Cloud Consumption can help you manage cloud sprawl!

Questions about the demo? Let me know on Twitter or LinkedIn.


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Do You Know the Way to Ballylickey? Shadow IT and the CIO Dilemma

I was once on a driving holiday in southern Ireland. As anybody who has been to that beautiful part of the world will know, the scenery is magnificent, but the road signs can be very confusing. Totally lost I pulled over to ask directions to Ballylickey and a local farmer uttered the immortal phrase: “Well, if I was going there the first thing I would do is not start from here!” Amused by the response and the clarity of his logic, I drove off and tried again at the local pub. But when I think about it that guy was right – starting off from the right place is hugely important. And when we apply that homespun logic to IT most CIOs are not starting in the right place when it comes to their cloud strategy.

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Cisco Cloud Consumption at Cisco Live!

Cloud sprawl is a huge, growing challenge. On average, large companies use 645 individual cloud services, which has grown 17% in just six months. What’s crazy is when you ask IT teams to estimate, they think they’re only using about 40 cloud services (yikes!).

I’m at Cisco Live US this week in San Diego – and wanted to share with you our Cloud Consumption portal and booth (check it out below). With Cloud Consumption Services, you can discover all the cloud services you’re using (SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS), understand data security risks you’re facing, review cloud provider risk profiles, benchmark cloud usage against peers, and other useful things.

To learn more:

  • Visit us at our booth at Cisco Live US this week and meet the Cloud Consumption Service team
  • Learn more about how Cloud Consumption Services can help you better manage a new world of many clouds

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