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Software governance: CIOs take charge of shadow services
Software governance has meant more than the management of company-commissioned applications for quite some time. As the number of online services grows exponentially -- and individual employees feel more comfortable handing over their credit card numbers in order to access them in the workplace -- CIOs are facing down the challenge of overseeing an ever-expanding universe of shadow services, unsanctioned applications and other software as a service (SaaS) offerings.
In this issue of Modern Infrastructure: CIO Edition, executive editor Linda Tucci speaks with IT executives who are facing the governance of a widening landscape of SaaS services head-on. In our second piece, business strategist Harvey Koeppel enumerates the business benefits of SaaS governance in a particularly Dr. Seuss-ian manner. Finally, contributing writer Christine Parizo looks at GRC requirements for cloud applications.
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Features in this issue
What can businesses' willy-nilly adoption of SaaS apps do for CIOs? Remove the invisibility cloak, and shadow apps become a golden opportunity to enable business goals, beef up security and save money.
SaaS risk, part two: The C-suite can take part of the blame for shadow apps by encouraging IT to focus on money-making IT systems at the expense of other lines of business. Also, security tools that pay dividends for CIOs.
The lack of a common framework makes cloud security and compliance a difficult proposition. In this tip, learn best practices to ensure cloud GRC.
Columns in this issue
Software governance means managing myriad as-a-service offerings, and CIOs are in the unique position of weaving formerly rogue or consumer services into the business fold.
SaaS governance practiced in a holistic context is a means to be a better business partner and to move closer to the seemingly unachievable goal of aligning IT with the business. Harvey Koeppel explains why.