On Wednesday, March 11, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKNews will host its monthly #eWEEKChat. The topic will be "Cloud Services: Who Runs Them: IT, Business or the Rogues." It will be moderated by Chris Preimesberger, who serves as eWEEK's editor of features and analysis.
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Topic: Cloud Services: Who Runs Them: IT, Business or the Rogues
Date/time: March 11, 2015 @11a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT
Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz
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"Cloud Services: Who Runs Them: IT, Business or the Rogues"
eWEEK has reported quite frequently on the phenomenon of "rogue IT," or the utilization of non-sanctioned cloud services in the daily business activities of enterprise employees. The term "rogue" may actually be a little strong; the fact is, we all use cloud services when we need to use them, whether they're considered within the company boundary or not. We don't consider ourselves "rogues" in the strict sense of the word; we're just doing what we have to do to get the job done.
Let's face it: We do what we have to do, when we need to do it, using the tools we need at the time. If, for example, a salesperson needs to use his or her own Dropbox or Box storage account to harbor an important and sensitive RFP, then that salesperson will do it, whether or not that cloud storage service is OKed by the company.
Enterprises need to adopt software-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud applications while ensuring that their compliance policies are fully met and their business information is always protected. That much we all know. But life happens, and workarounds are established--much to the chagrin of security admins the world over. Then also are the line-of-business folks who look the other way, saying: "I don't care how you get it done; just do it your way."
Thus, cloud services have become a tug-of-war inside enterprises. IT specialists, line-of-business users and employees/contractors using rogue cloud services are all in the game at the same time, getting work done with varying layers of security for the business itself.
This lays the foundation for our eWEEKchat on March 11: "Cloud Services: Who Runs Them: IT, Business or the Rogues." Here are some of the questions we will discuss:
--Are cloud services utilized closely, or loosely, at your company?
--Describe an instance in which you had to use a "rogue" cloud service to get a task or job done on time.
--What solutions are you aware of that can solve the problem of employees using insecure, unsanctioned cloud services within an enterprise?
--Does "rogue" IT help hasten the return of virtual desktops that are completely controlled by IT?
Plan to join us for an hour on March 11.