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Shadow I.T.  SaaS, Silos and dbFront

Shadow I.T., or Dark I.T., refers to technology and projects that are brought into a company without the approval of the I.T. department.

The motive behind Shadow I.T. is usually good.  Shadow I.T. represents employees struggling with productivity, budgets and timelines and coming up with their own creative solutions.   The unfortunate reality is that these well intentioned projects can have significant costs and risks.

The Cloud is a Silo, at another Vendor

Silo's are an age old I.T. problem where different parts of an organization create their own information stores and processes that are incompatible with other systems.  Silos create the challenge of sharing and syncronizing data because you want everyone working with a single version of the truth.  For more details see: webopedia.com - information_silo

Cloud and SaaS based projects create new Silos, and these Silos are now located offsite at another vendor.  The Cloud makes Silos even more complex because now the systems are not even managed and owned by a single group.  After all, "The Cloud" is just a fancy name for "Someone else's computer".

The result is that someone now has the added responsible for:

  • Managing the security integration - What if an employee leaves?,
  • Managing the data integration - Ensuring that shared data remains in sync,
  • Ensuring the compliance - SOX, FISMA, HIPAA, PCI DSS...,
  • Dealing with backups and redundancy - How much do you trust the vendor?

How dbFront can help

By enabling the quick and easy creation of internal web applications, dbFront gives I.T. departments one more tool to get at the root of the Shadow I.T. problem.

dbFront avoids the Silo problem entirely by allowing you to re-purpose your existing data on your existing servers.

  • dbFront installs locally and integrates with existing network security.  This avoids security integration issues.
  • dbFront connects to your existing data in your existing database.  This eliminates data syncronization issues.
  • As a result, backup and compliance issues are also simplified.

For more details on how dbFront works see: Details

Further reading on Shadow I.T.

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