What is the role of Blazent and Shadow IT?
In today’s IT reality, the CIO is ultimately on the hook to keep the infrastructure secure and to manage risk, maintain data governance and control cost. The wave of shadow IT is responsible for an explosion in complexity and numbers of data sources. It’s a great “use case”, if you will, of how Blazent can give a CIO a complete view of what’s happening across the enterprise. It’s not uncommon at all that the first time we integrate an organization’s existing tools and light up the Blazent analytics that we find hundreds of servers and applications that are on the network that the IT organization didn’t know about.
And in some cases those servers might be missing core elements like software for backup and recovery or anti-virus tools or other critical tools to make the infrastructure secure. Blazent provides that complete view of what’s on the network, who’s using it and what are they using it for.
Reality: spreadsheets are still alive and kicking
Shadow IT takes on many forms. We can take in sources of data from pretty much anywhere, including spreadsheets. We had a global customer—a major automotive manufacturing firm—that was managing their entire asset estate off of a single spreadsheet that was originally created by an employee that had retired years before. The reality is that this customer is not alone. It’s true that spreadsheets are still a vital source today for many large enterprises. Despite all of the excitement around the advent of cloud and many newer tools that act as central data repositories, there is still a lot of silo’ed information resident in the enterprise today. If you need information and you don’t trust the existing IT system or tool, then you go get your own tool and create yet another silo. Blazent connects those silos, giving an unparalleled degree of visibility. We can consume all of that shadow data, correlate and combine it with all of the other data sources to create a unified data set that represents the most complete and accurate visualization of the estate.
IT needs a single reference point for all its data sources
As the data quality of core IT repositories becomes suspect, people performing downstream functions start to maintain what they consider to be their own “sets of trusted data.” By utilizing the power of the Blazent platform, customers are able to establish and maintain trusted data within those core repositories so that the need to maintain shadow IT is eradicated.