Rogue Cloud & Cloud Sprawl Examined Part I

IT infrastructure decisions diffused throughout an organization without centralized leadership and expertise are always dubious. The decision to invest in technologies involves understanding of many fundamentals that are often not understood (different word) beyond the expertise of IT leadership. Would we entrust our financial leadership of our organizations to the office groundskeeper? Why then do we assume that the decision making process for IT investments should be diffused to parties with little knowledge of the details, implications and even costs of these decisions.

Diffusion of Decisions

The move to the cloud has afforded many other parties outside of IT leadership to invest in quick fix technology solutions that are disastrous long term miscalculations. This epidemic echos the past problems of server and infrastructure sprawl that were so indicative of the last 15 years. In those days, departments that were not getting their needs met took matter into their own hands and purchased “one off” IT solutions outside of the IT auspices. This lead to an overgrowth in it infrastructure that became costly and unmanageable. This eventually required a move toward infrastructure consolidation driven by technologies such as virtualization and eventually cloud technologies.

Cloud Sprawl

Just like the server and infrastructure sprawl of the past – the cloud, (especially SaaS solutions) is proving many of the same challenges. As these decisions are often made with out leadership direction they result in serious financial, security and compliance issues.

This is just my professional experience of living and breathing IT. IMHO, working with the cloud minus a strategic plan and a trusted partner is like attempting to paddle upstream with a spoon – expect to end up somewhere you didn’t intend. Is this your experience with rouge clouds? What are your cloud war stories?

4 thoughts on “Rogue Cloud & Cloud Sprawl Examined Part I”

  1. It is important that more companies understand that while cloud computing is a major benefit in many cases, it can also be problematic in many areas. As with every development in IT, companies should always look to have professionals IT partners to help.

  2. I have seen countless examples of how cloud computing has negatively effected companies, and it usually comes down to what kind of IT management the company has. It is incredible how many business owners leave something as important as their IT to people who have little to no experience in the field.

    1. Yes, it is sad to see some companies bungle their cloud computing efforts. Just like Marketing, Sales, or Finance, each department has specific experts that should work together with the entire organization to guide the technology needs of a firm. Organizations should make every effort to have different departments seamlessly work together on these cloud computing efforts instead of having them work without the expertise of IT.

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