Quarter of businesses say half of their employees have signed up for cloud services and expensed their costs
Over 50% of European employees in a quarter of businesses avoid IT red-tape by using public cloud apps and services including Web email and file sharing services, according to a new research by Avanade.
The research revealed that the increase in cloud services is causing problems for business as such services are becoming faster, easier and cheaper to provide, creating concerns over ”cloud sprawl’ for many companies.
‘Cloud sprawl’ refers to the growing use of public cloud-based services and applications such as web email and file sharing services, by individuals within the enterprise, often without the permission of the IT department.
The research showed that a quarter of businesses said 50% or more of their employees have signed up for cloud services and expensed their costs, while 47% claimed that it takes too long to install and buy cloud services through the IT department.
The research also revealed that approximately 48% of all IT managers attempt to block employees using additional cloud services.
In addition, one-in-five of those businesses in the pan-European survey say that they have no centralised system to identify the cloud-service providers used across the organisation, whether they are authorised by IT or not.
Avanade said that more than half of IT managers were worried that unplanned access to cloud services will lead to unmanaged consumption and higher costs.
However, approximately 54% of European businesses said that cloud computing is their top IT priority with a majority of organisations using some form of cloud services today.
The research also highlighted that approximately a third of European businesses (27%) will be allocating 30% or more of their global IT budgets to cloud projects.
Avanade said that to get on the right path to manage cloud sprawl companies must: define and communicate a clear, user-centric cloud strategy; define it with all key stakeholders; conduct cloud audit; and create a migration roadmap.
Microsoft international cloud strategy director Michael Kogeler said for businesses to remain competitive the pressure is on for the IT department to provide agility and flexibility in the products and services they provide users.
"The way employees use technology to perform everyday business tasks is constantly evolving, as is the way they communicate and collaborate with customers and colleagues alike," Kogeler said.
"It’s important to design technology from an end user perspective, not an IT manager’s perspective."