Five Tips for Taking Control of Cloud Chaos

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Gain Visibility into Apps

It may seem simple, but the first step an organization should take is to understand which apps its employees are actually using. Individual employees often use cloud apps outside of IT's control, and business units purchase apps without alerting the organization as a whole. It's necessary to get a handle on which apps are being used across the entire organization.

The exponential growth of cloud computing has raised concerns about how rapidly enterprises are adopting cloud technologies while ignoring or struggling to monitor and control the associated expenses. As organizations evolve and grow, employees turn to hundreds of cloud computing services without expressed permission from the enterprise. The combination of various business units deploying cloud technology separately from other departments and the misconception that it's not necessary to involve an enterprise's IT department in the cloud application adoption process has resulted in misallocated expenses, lost efficiency and poor policy enforcement for enterprises.

A recent eye-opening survey indicated that the average enterprise uses more than 450 cloud apps, and this figure proved to be nine to 10 times greater than the average corporate IT team estimated. Another survey revealed that 30 percent of software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps were being used outside of IT's sphere of control. These results paint a startling image of a chaotic cloud atmosphere, where employees in need of solutions fail to adhere to IT policies or, in many cases, are acting in absence of an IT policy.

Without visibility into the wide variety of cloud apps employees are using every day, organizations face an array of problems– such as potential liabilities, security issues and hidden costs. In this slideshow, Tangoe describes five ways that enterprises can take back control of the cloud chaos.

 

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