IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - March 2018 - 10
SHADOW IT: Friend or Foe?
Low-code tools can help end users and IT departments tackle application needs
T departments like to think of themselves as gatekeepers to their organization's
infrastructure and systems-but that's not always the case. The term "shadow IT"
is now commonly used to describe software applications built and deployed
without any organizational approval or support from the IT department. These
projects typically happen because IT is seen as unresponsive or can't deliver new
web or mobile applications that are now expected by end users.
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It's likely you've witnessed
some form of shadow IT, where
new apps have been deployed
alongside the IBM i on Windows*
or cloud platforms. While
short-term gains may have been
achieved, your organization may
be left with increased risk-in
addition to duplicated technologies and data.
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We're also starting to see a
new breed of amateur developers, typically from the end user
community, who have taken
development of these new apps
and solutions into their own
hands. They're typically using
drag-and-drop, low-code development tools and deploying
these apps to cloud platforms or
departmental servers. The term
"citizen developer" is used to
describe these individuals.
The Risk of
Many question if shadow IT and
citizen development are good for
organizations. But there's an even
more important question: What