A new list of cloud computing trends shows just how nervous the growing use of cloud services makes IT departments.
It’s easy to see why. IT staffs used to hold the keys to the kingdom — controlling what applications and data ran where and on what devices. That’s all changed — a lot — with the consumerization of IT and the advent of compute power that in-house developers can spin up on Amazon Web Services and pay for out of petty cash — without IT approval. Ditto the departmental use of easy-to-expense software-as-a-service applications. All of that erodes the power of IT folks.
Gartner, the big researcher, says it’s high time for IT to grab the bull by the horns, according to a list of 5 cloud computing trends released Monday.
For one thing, Gartner sees a growing need for what it calls cloud services brokerages (CSBs) — a new breed of middlemen that sit between the corporate users of cloud computing services and the cloud vendors themselves. These brokers would vet and/or approve cloud services before they get deployed.