Out of the Shadows: The Benefits and Burden of Shadow IT

On the surface, the concept of shadow IT seems simple: A project is started without proper authorization because those involved want to avoid having to jump through the various hoops required to get the green light to build the technology. In actuality, shadow IT is much more nuanced.

A developer gets a job at a large, European bank straight out of college. He’s young and enthusiastic in the way most people are when they are just beginning their careers. Despite not having a strong working knowledge of the finance industry, he develops a relationship with a managing director of one of the business divisions of the bank. The partnership is mutually beneficial: The MD is able to go to the developer with problems and immediately get solutions, while the developer raises his

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