Cloud Services On the Down-Low

To the surprise of no one, corporate users are utilizing cloud services without first following corporate procedures. From AllThingsD:

Rackspace’s survey found that nearly half of those in the survey — 43 percent to be exact — said they were aware of these “rogue IT” situations, where employees take it upon themselves to spin up a cloud service without first getting the boss’ permission, or setting up an account through the usual corporate processes.

This doesn’t surprise me one bit. I am sure much of the bureaucracy littered throughout company policies was added with good intentions, but it’s unacceptable when you have to wait weeks to use a service for just a few hours. It makes me wonder if the policies became this bad because—while new steps were being added—no one ever took a step back and asked “why?”.