Shadow IT, as defined by Gartner, “refers to IT devices, software and services outside the ownership or control of IT organizations”.

Other terms for it include, “Stealth IT” and “Client IT” when IT solutions, including SaaS products, are implemented in departments other than the IT department. It can be a source of innovation, but this can also be a huge risk to the organization with respect to documentation, security, and reliability.

In many cases, Shadow IT happens as a function of the officially sanctioned channels not being able to keep up with the pace of technology change.

Shadow IT is spreading faster and farther as organizations’ unmet technology needs are increasing. In fact, Gartner predicts that 90% of the IT budget will be controlled by the business areas by 2020. At the beginning of the decade, the business only controlled 20% of the IT budget.

However, research has shown that “70% of business managers would give up access to Shadow IT if IT could replace Shadow IT applications with equivalents.”

What are Some Root Causes?

“64% of companies responded that lack of collaboration between IT and business hinders Digital Transformation.”

“86% of respondents blame lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures.”

“70% of digital transformation initiatives will ultimately fail because of insufficient collaboration, integration, sourcing or project management.”

How Can Coactive Help?

Simply put, the Coactive Platform is designed from the ground up to enhance interaction, collaboration, and communication:

  • Technology teams utilizing the Coactive Interactive Application Development Platform can meet business needs more quickly. Better apps faster.
  • The Coactive Platform empowers both desktop and mobile development in one unified tool. Quickly build, deploy, and work interactively, fueling productive and timely customer feedback loops to assist in efficient specification gathering and speedy customer approvals. Get your innovation into production!
  • Coactive provides secure, easy to learn no-code/low-code tools for the “citizen developers” in a business to participate in the development process, while at the same time providing professional-level coding tools – all in the same platform.

Coactive empowers developers with control to expand the capabilities of the platform with full JavaScript extensibility. This enables the building of reusable components and API libraries and full control over UX, data management, and security. In other words, IT can provide guardrails around exactly who can do what, and have the businesses participate in self-service application and report building while maintaining control over data management, UX, and security.

Finally. A platform that can help the businesses work with IT, not against it.