6 Tips for Combating Shadow IT Once and for All

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Innovation and Testing

Once you have a comprehensive view of your environment, model innovations quickly and then focus on perfecting them.

It is essential that any technologies sweeping enterprise environments are tested, tested and then tested again. This allows for a steady stream of feedback and an endless overview of how the technology is performing. Moreover, a constant review process with new technologies means that new applications are deployed in real time in their production environments. This combination of the entire infrastructure and the applications it supports, including network, servers, service enablers and databases, constitutes a service that is consumed by user communities and needs to be continuously monitored. This means that the root cause of service degradations can be quickly identified so that organizations' DevOps teams can provide application developers with necessary feedback to fix any software bugs affecting application performance.

It's a common complaint across the enterprise: IT is too slow moving and far too restrictive to give corporate stakeholders, such as lines of business (LOBs), CMOs and employees, the tools they need to succeed in their jobs. However, the digital transformation that we are seeing many industries undergo is making this notion a little more complex. Easily accessible applications, lack of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies and free cloud services are giving employees the option to go around their IT departments and utilize alternative services. Thus, enterprises are essentially creating "shadow IT" organizations, in which their employees sidestep IT and create a digital transformation in and of themselves.

And this might sound like a great solution – employees are happy with their environments while their IT departments are none the wiser. However, creating a shadow IT organization is not without its flaws, especially when IT departments don't have complete visibility of their employees' systems. If they don't have full visibility, their companies are much more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks, service outages and other risks that may threaten mission-critical applications.

In order to best mitigate these risks, IT departments need better insight into their users' traffic behavior so they can identify the cause of any threats. Furthermore, it's possible for IT to reverse these trends entirely and make CIOs and IT teams the go-to partners for what was previously considered shadow IT. To do this, however, they must first demonstrate the necessary agility and high quality of complex service assurance that users are looking for with the following six strategies, identified by Michael Segal, director of enterprise solutions, NETSCOUT.

 

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