Shadow IT is a term often used to describe information-technology systems and solutions built and used inside organizations without explicit organizational approval. It is also used, along with the term “Stealth IT,” to describe solutions specified and deployed by departments other than the IT department.Shadow IT is considered by many an important source for innovation and such systems may turn out to be prototypes for future approved IT solutions. On the other hand, shadow IT solutions are not often in line with the organization’s requirements for control, documentation, security, reliability, etc., although these issues can apply equally to authorized IT solutions. Source: ( Shadow IT – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )
While referred to in terms of the function and ROI in business and other private industry, Shadow (or Stealth IT) has a place in academia as well as a work around to the often locked down computer systems faculty and staff find themselves using.
See also (Let Employees Surf From Work)