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A global survey commissioned by Avanade  suggests 61 per cent of businesses globally and 52 per cent in the UK believe cloud sprawl was causing inefficiencies in their businesses. That figure rises to 71 per cent among global businesses that claim to be using both private and public cloud platforms

A global survey commissioned by Avanade suggests 61 per cent of businesses globally and 52 per cent in the UK believe cloud sprawl was causing inefficiencies in their businesses.
That figure rises to 71 per cent among global businesses that claim to be using both private and public cloud platforms

A majority of IT managers claim that app sprawl is becoming problematic largely because employees are bringing in their own cloud services, according to research published Tuesday by IT and managed services provider Avanade.

A global survey commissioned by Avanade and carried out by Vanson Bourne suggests 61 per cent of businesses globally and 52 per cent in the UK believe cloud sprawl was to blame for inefficiencies in their businesses.

That figure rises to 71 per cent among global businesses that claim to be using both private and public cloud platforms, meaning these cloud platforms seem to be making IT more complex and difficult to manage

The study surveyed 750 IT decision makers working in businesses with more than 1000 employees in nine countries – the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China, France, Sweden, Brazil, Japan and Australia.

“The study reinforces what we’re seeing in the UK market about the challenges of cloud computing. Whilst the cloud can deliver significant benefits, some of its advantages also introduce risk,” said Mark Corley, chief technology officer at Avanade UK. “

“Unmanaged cloud sprawl in Shadow IT (Dark Cloud) is introducing risk with threats from unmanaged sources. Cloud services are becoming available in increasing variety and ease of access, and many IT departments simply can’t keep up,” Corley said.

The findings echo similar reports from last year, though the problem seems to have increased over time. 66 per cent of respondents globally and 60 per cent in the UK specifically claimed that employees are signing up for cloud services other than those provided by the IT department; last year similar surveys revealed numbers ranging from between 30 to 45 per cent.

“Companies must look to exploit the advantages of the cloud, keeping pace with business needs, offering the agility, cost-savings, scale and different business models that cloud can offer – but at the same time strike a balance by having the appropriate level of control giving an acceptable risk,” Corley concluded.

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