There are many challenges associated with providing temporary CIO services; from getting internal IT resource buy-in to executive communications.

An interim CIO needs to always be aware of company policies and able to identify holes and suggest solutions wherever possible.

One such challenge that is becoming more and more common is that of rogue IT purchases. This situation often arises when employees don’t have access to the technology they need to get a job done and purchase technology ‘on the side’ so they can achieve what they need to on a day-to-day basis.

Prominent CIO/CTO Bart Murphy from CareWorks says, “If you have a rogue IT unit, there’s something broken between your business and IT.” He goes on to say that it can either be the relationship or delivery system that is broken and that as a CIO, it’s your job to fix it.


Managing The Issue

The driving force behind why rogue IT purchases may happen is IT efficiency discrepancies. If a process needs to be automated or product cycles shortened, then this should be done immediately. By doing so, part-time CIO’s will be able to reduce the amount of rogue IT units floating around.

Of course, this is always easier said than done. Even if a business is aligned to its technology, the ability to eliminate rogue IT purchases can seem like a ‘mission impossible.’

No longer are the days when rogue IT was just an unauthorised PC or some servers under a desk. Interim CIO’s now have to deal with the onslaught of mobile devices, whether authorised or not.

Mobility in devices has accelerated the way we do business. Often times, success is measured by how quickly a response is received, whether in relation to market changes or to a new customer request.

Mobile devices allow users to procure apps easily and quickly, without any thought for IT repercussions – everything is accessible immediately.


Not All Rogue IT Is Bad

So what can part-time CIO’s do about rogue IT purchases? It comes from understanding what a rogue IT purchase means to the business as a whole. If rogue IT happens because a project is happening that the CIO is unaware of, which doesn’t align with the companies overall IT strategy and could result in some services becoming redundant, then this type of rogue IT is not a good thing.

If, on the other hand, the CIO is aware of a project in a business unit and rogue IT is purchased to support the project, which will lead to cutting-edge development and shared infrastructure, then this is a good thing. Results should be a more reliable product service and faster innovative developments.

As a temporary CIO service provider, CIO On Call understands the demands of a fast-paced, ever-changing technology market – all our of CIO’s know how to deal with rogue IT purchases, both good and bad. Get in touch with us today to discuss how we can help you develop and identify these purchases right away.