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A recent report by Entrust Datacard mentions a number of benefits to shadow IT, specifically in terms of productivity and competitive advantage. However, the report also intermixes a few challenges and downsides to the practice, citing security and a lack of best practices among its biggest threats. More than 21% of organizations say they have no formal policies regarding the use of new technology. And if left unchecked, 77% of IT organizations believe that shadow IT will be a much larger problem by 2025.
In an interview with Productiv, silicon valley veteran Chris Cravens, former CIO of Splunk, Uber, and Zynga shared some insight on the shadow IT trend and how organizations can bring clarity and cohesiveness to their renegade systems.