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Why enterprises are embracing rogue IT

Sarah K. White | July 31, 2015
IT departments used to fear employees walking through the door armed with smartphones, tablets and personal cloud storage accounts. But much of that initial fear has subsided, as companies realize embracing rogue IT can lead to better collaboration with IT and more productivity from business teams.

Sure, rogue IT has required IT to give up some aspect of control, but in doing so, companies can gain better insight into how IT can proactively curb any potential threats. And it hasn't only helped in terms of securing businesses from outside threats, it's also helped departments become more efficient and gain the tools they need to help the business succeed.

"While IT used to have complete control over any technology that came into the company, BYOD and cloud based apps and services have stripped IT of this control. Vendors are selling directly to businesses and individual employees -- not solely IT anymore," says Jon Mittlehauser, CEO of CloudBolt.

Rogue IT can make your business more efficient

Embracing rogue IT means that companies can increase the effectiveness of their business practices by evaluating what departments and employees need to get their jobs done. If departments are turning to third party cloud services to send attachments and collaborate, it might mean the standard issue services from IT aren't getting the job done. "Businesses now have a real say in the technologies that they use -- and more of a stake in their success. If businesses are using tools they want and find effective, this will increase the effectiveness of these teams," says Mittlehauser.

Departments and employees now have a voice in the technologies they want -- and need -- to help the company grow and succeed. It's more than a careless disregard for a company's security; some employees just need to find ways to get past road blocks caused by proprietary software or a lack of the right tools.

Rogue IT can promote collaboration

Embracing rogue IT by no means indicates a disregard for IT and its services, because businesses still recognize a need for IT even with this shift. In fact, companies have found that rogue IT has led to better collaboration between IT and other departments, since the need for security still exists even if IT isn't the one bringing the technology in the door. "Most businesses recognize that they still need IT to help manage and support the technologies they use, and make sure that valuable business information doesn't get into the wrong hands. As a result, IT departments and businesses are being required to take a much more collaborative approach," says Mittlehauser.

Rogue IT also helps IT departments become more dynamic in the success of a business. IT's role has grown beyond simply doling out software and hardware to employees and has freed this crucial department up to become more fundamental in a company's overall business strategy. "From IT's point of view, it is an opportunity to play a more advisory (rather than dictatorial) role in choosing applications and technologies and also an opportunity to up-level IT to a more strategic player," says Mittlehauser.

 

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