The Risk Of Shadow IT In The Cloud

Kenneth Fisher walks us through the risk of increased Shadow IT with migration to the cloud:

Shadow IT has been, well, maybe not the bane of the IT department, but certainly a pain in the neck. On the off chance you’ve never heard of shadow IT do any of these sound familiar?

  • A user asks you to restore a corrupt database on a SQL Server you’ve never heard of and isn’t in your inventory. (And 50/50 odds there’s never been a backup taken.)

  • You do a licensing true-up and dozens of new SQL Servers suddenly show up.

  • You hear from a user: “We have this mission critical Access database that suddenly isn’t working. I know you don’t support access but you’re the database person so we need you to fix it.”

It’s an interesting short essay and worth thinking about if you’re in the cloud or moving that way.

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