A couple of lines from your post bear repeating here: "Anarchy is a term that has become increasingly pejorative – it implies chaos, disorder, lawlessness if not law breaking. However, one meaning (and the one that encapsulates its etymology) is the absence of leaders."
if there's an absence of leaders, there's a vacuum for someone to step into. Why not the CIO? You can also argue that this was the CIO's turf all along and has been MIA in mapping out consumerization strategies. Not that it's easy....or that the playbook has been written on how to do that.
I Googled "CIOs who have embraced the cloud." I did not get one hit back with a list or a strong CIO Cloud advocate in the first two pages. I did find a phrase that caught my eye: "CIO: Agile rebel or company dishwasher?"
That was an interesting story. It didn't seem like any one incident triggered the DropBox ban...that it was a pre-emptive strike. A deeper exploration of the story would be interesting. It seems clear that IBM sees a flood of its data assets leaking out to clouds over which it has no control. A lot of enterprises will takes it cues from large IT vendors like IBM and HP....
You can't have both because strategy is typically a carefully mapped out course which unfolds in stages. Agility is a series of quick, opportunistic and effective responses to the market (your strategy could be agility but that's splitting semantical hairs). Agility is not necessarily burdened by connected steps, either as would be be case with a strategy.
Matt, Welcome to the Enterprise CIO Forum. I've never heard Shadow IT described as Anarchization. Interesting idea. "Decentralization of IT procurement' would be an understatement. Employees are getting their own devices and clouds and often at their own expense. That would be hard to stamp out, no?
Is that happening in your company? Would you even know? And what is potential damage not that I couldn't speculate. But I'd like to hear from a CIO...does this keep you awake nights? And what safeguards are in place to make sure a rogue cloud does not burst?
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