Shine a light on “Shadow IT”: Taking control of usage and spending in the cloud by Sharon Wagner, CEO and Founder of Cloudyn
The ease to set up a cloud deployment–done with little more than a credit card and an internet connection– has resulted in a decentralization of IT management for many enterprises. This booming “Shadow IT” environment creates a host of management and cost issues for enterprises and usually leaves IT departments holding the bag. Very quickly, IT departments find themselves without control or even insight into the services being consumed, or even under-utilized, within their own organization. As independent units deploy in the cloud, the management and maintenance of these systems can lapse and quickly costs spiral out of control.
A smart IT manager quickly realizes that he/she needs to be able to gain visibility to the entire corporate cloud environment, centralize the management of the systems and create methods to do more with streamlined resources in the cloud – or face a potentially very nasty bill for cloud services at the end of each month.
For today’s IT departments to offer the best resources for the enterprise, the move to the cloud is becoming a necessity. To do this without loss of control, business and technology decision makers need to be able to see, measure and be notified on cost and consumption violations from day one. With this in place, IT’s management of cloud spending can be on budget and dynamically managed for optimal cost or performance improvements.
This session will walk CIO/IT managers through the key areas to consider in developing a cloud computing insight & management system and reporting mechanisms. It will also address why it is critical for IT to play a role in cloud development and management and some methods to help avoid circumvention of IT management within a “shadow” cloud.
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