How the CFO Can Help Contain Cloud Sprawl


Trends in today’s market make it tough for an enterprise IT organization to stay on top of every initiative that requires a technology purchase. The availability of everything as-a-service makes it especially attractive for business units to obtain their own services with almost no input from IT. It’s understandable: the flexibility and agility offered by cloud-based services are hard to resist. But uncontrolled shadow IT – or cloud sprawl – can result in duplicated efforts and the inability to measure and track investments. A proactive CFO can play an integral part in gaining control over this phenomenon by placing greater focus on IT cost transparency.

Read my recent article The CFO’s Role in Avoiding Cloud Sprawl in Innovation Enterprise, or contact me directly to discuss further. 

About the author

Alex-Paul works closely with enterprise leaders, IT finance managers and IT business unit leaders to help implement the discipline of Technology Business Management (TBM) into their organizations and optimize their enterprise IT. He advises both commercial and public sector organizations on the adoption of TBM programs, designs fact-based analytical strategies and supports broader IT transformation initiatives. His development of a strategic TBM multi-dimensional framework addressing people, process, data, analytics, technology and strategy is part of ISG’s industry-leading set of market best practices and methodologies. His thought leadership has been featured in CIO Review, MiddleMarket Executive and the TBM Council’s book The Four Value Conversations CIOs Must Have with Their Businesses.