• July 05, 2018

What are Shadow IT Costs?

What are Shadow IT Costs?

What are Shadow IT Costs? 1080 540 Trapp Technology

Shadow IT Costs: The Hidden Cost of Poor Tech Implementation

Technology can be both a blessing and a curse in today’s business world. When implemented correctly with the necessary process and business rules applied, technology enables businesses to operate efficiently and limit costs on overhead.

However, technology can also get wildly out of control for business if not executed properly.

For example, with the availability of free cloud services available to businesses, it’s easy to accumulate them like they are Halloween candy. The more software solutions a business adds, the more complicated their workflows get, which can ultimately end up costing the company thousands of dollars in lost productivity.

How Does Shadow IT Affect Me?

For small businesses, shadow IT costs are usually derived from free cloud services and/or document management software. Typically we’ll see companies use solutions like File Server, local desktop storage, DropBox, Sharepoint, and/or Google Drive.

What does this “sprawl” of document management solutions create? Headaches mostly–and double, sometimes even triple work and inefficiency is what follows. No one knows where files are stored and can take them precious extra minutes each day to search through each solution implemented in the business.

We call these manual workarounds “shadow IT costs.” It’s the hidden cost of poor solution implementation. Employees use what’s most convenient for them, while ignoring the greater good of the company. And that’s costly.

How Trapp Technology Can Reduce Shadow IT Costs

Trapp Technology can help small business get their technology aligned with their business rules and processes, and manage their IT for a fraction of the cost of running it internally.

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Using our proprietary IT Roadmap process, Trapp Technology can review your internal business operations, architecture, and processes to identify areas where technical resources and costs are being wasted the most. After that, we’ll provide you with a defined plan your company can use to increase the efficiency of your employees and the productivity of the company as a whole.

Please feel free to learn more about Trapp Technology’s IT Roadmap process and let us know what you think. If you’d like to speak with a representative to discuss your company concerns and goals, give us a call at (877) 942-2568.

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