The cloud is rising with the enterprise and the Forbes post, From Annoyance to Harmonizer: Cloud Computing's Maturity Curve, documents some of the issues in this rise. They reported on a new survey of 350 CIOs and IT managers, sponsored by Host Analytics.
On one hand, 37% of respondents reported they have been asked to take ownership of cloud solutions that were purchased by the business without IT’s input. In addition, data integration is a problem cited by 67%, and 39% have issues in locating where the data may reside. On the other hand, 92 % say adoption of the cloud is good for business and 67% agree that the cloud can help IT deliver better systems for less money. It turns that despite complaints, IT is the leading area of the business employing cloud computing.
They go on to note the selection by end users of their own cloud services can result in chaotic situations. Then IT has to clean things up. However, there is a realization that in the long run, it’s more productive to let users develop new ideas and innovations with this expanded control. The longer an organization works with the cloud the fewer concerns it has about loss of IT control and security.
The business often starts off trying to work around IT, then the business urns the work over to them. The loss of visibility and control over applications is a problem that lasts for a while with 21% of the new sites running into this issue. It spikes for the next few years as 35% of companies with 1-5 years’ experience have this problem. However by the time the company has been wit the cloud for more than five years, these concerns drop back to 22%.
It seems that the answer is to get IT and business involved together from the start and not have these issues simmer and bubble up.