- Why Abacus?
By Tom Cole, Managing Director - UK & Europe at Abacus Group
Technology solutions, both in personal and corporate environments, can be adopted and consumed with increasing ease. Whilst on the surface this sounds positive, ease-of-use can also lead to undesirable and risky consequences within a corporate environment. Before the proliferation of cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, restricting software installations onto hard drives was a pretty simple way to deter unwelcome behaviour. Nowadays, an internet browser is the only tool required to consume new services. Employees can bypass IT procurement procedures to access the solutions they need to work or to simply make their lives easier. This problem is known as shadow IT.
Shadow IT is the practice of bypassing policy and/or controls and accessing IT solutions without the knowledge of your firm’s IT leadership. With the proliferation of SaaS, cloud computing and remote working (due to the pandemic), shadow IT is a growing business risk.
Shadow IT is not a new paradigm; the perfect storm of increased remote working and cloud technology (with instant and easy access) has refuelled this business problem. Whilst the risks and impact on business are high, let's not forget that innovation and progress are desirable. The catalysts which cause shadow IT can be embraced to promote continual improvement for your firm.