Once you learn the definition of shadow IT, it shouldn’t be too shocking to
learn how widespread it is at companies large and small all over the world. I
hate to assume, but the odds are, that you yourself have used a non-IT
approved SaaS option for the same reason as everyone else, myself included.
We’re all expected to do our jobs faster, and at a higher quality than we
did in the past, and sometimes it’s just too easy to go behind the backs of
those whom we perceive to slow us down, or act as a blocker.
A recent study showed that eighty percent of those polled admitted using SaaS
applications and tools without IT’s approval, which, when you’re part of
that eighty percent, isn’t all that shocking. The real kicker is the
revelation of who has been using shadow IT SaaS solutions more than anyone.
IT employees themselves.
What’s their reasoning? “IT users feel they c... (more)
I’d love to take a poll (feel free to share your opinion in the comments
section below) on whether software should be considered a living organism in
the purist biological sense. Sure, software is made up of code instead of
cells, and it may have trouble finding a home in the classic taxonomic rank
of biology, but it’s difficult to find any other discrepancies between
software, especially at the enterprise level, and other complex organisms.
One area that enterprise software achieves its deserved classification as a
living organism is in its incredible ability to evolve over a rel... (more)
It’s time for another roundup of our popular weekly Bitstrips column. These
make us laugh about our lives in the SaaS industry, and we hope you enjoy
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I recently asked a group of people a question that I thought would raise
quite the debate, but it surprisingly (to me) failed to do so. I asked,
“Have mobile apps been more influential to enterprise software, or is it
the other way around?”
I’d love to say that it was only a slight majority that said, “Mobile
apps are absolutely the ones doing the influencing,” especially since I
think I disagree, but this was not the case. Every response I received
overwhelmingly voted that mobile apps are having a bigger influence on
enterprise software than vice versa. Am I crazy for disagre... (more)
For the past few years, the holy grail of enterprise IT is to have large
scale global software development, testing and integration activities that
“follow the sun.” So when your development team checks in and goes home
in San Jose, CA, there’s a testing team just getting started in Bangalore,
India. And when they check in, there might be another team building services
in Germany atop the application suite, followed by a release configuration
team in Buenos Aires. Following the sun means we can be productive toward our
software goals 24 hours a day.
While this idea is great in t... (more)