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Do you agree that the words “shadow IT” already sound a little quaint? The term, which only recently applied to the bad behavior of business technology freelancing seems to have fallen from the lexicon. In meetings, at conferences, everywhere I stick my foot these days, what used to be shadow IT is now just departments and lines of business going out and buying stuff.

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Comments (2)
I think you are correct - the term "Shadow IT" will disappear and perhaps become "Business IT" to distinguish it from "Corporate IT", where the professionals live.

The members of Shadow IT, the "citizen developers", are here to stay and will change the future of IT. If corporate IT doesn't add value to this transformation, business units will simply work around it, and that would lead to a much smaller and less impactful corporate IT resource. On the other hand, by working with users to provide them with an effective way to develop and deploy solutions on their own, IT can greatly expand its reach and enhance its value to the organization.

Much more on this subject at

Posted by Jonathan S | Tuesday, November 13 2012 at 3:10PM ET
I think it's safe to say that those in enterprise IT don't want an "IT-as-a-punching bag" future where business leaders take out their frustrations and simultaneously go around corporate IT to get work done. Its going to take strong IT leadership to navigate the inevitable transformation to an "IT-as-a-Service" operating model that enables the required business agility and responsiveness, but the good news is that there are already sufficient case studies and examples of global enterprises that are well along this journey to reveal the key insights and strategies to be successful. More on this at
Posted by derick t | Wednesday, November 21 2012 at 12:30PM ET
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