Here are the first two sentences in a recent article that got my attention:
“Want to be more competitive? Then empower your most technologically disobedient employees.”
The core message is that employees want to do their job and they will seek the tools to do so. If the corporate Information Technology (IT) department does not provide them with what they need, the will find the applications they need on their own even if it means paying for them. The proof? According to research conducted by Frost & Sullivan referenced in the article “80% of people working for organizations with more than 1,000 employees go around the IT department and use (or even buy) software.” The practice is referred to as “Shadow IT.”
The idea is similar to my admonition to achieve innovation by accepting failures, because you won’t get one without some of the other. Are there risks? Of course. But as the article concludes, “firms concerned about the security issues of shadow IT are missing the point; the bigger risk is not embracing it in the first place.”
The article is titled “Let Staff Go Rogue on Tech.” It was written by Christopher Mims and is available on the website of the Wall Street Journal.