Sensei Article Featured In Attorney At Work
November 4, 2021
“Shadow IT: A Serious Threat to Law Firms” by Michael Maschke, Sharon Nelson and John Simek was recently featured in Attorney At Work.
What Is Shadow IT?
The first problem with cautioning lawyers about the dangers of “shadow IT” is that most of them have no earthly idea what it is. So let’s start there.
Leading research company Gartner defines shadow IT as IT devices, software and services (including cloud services) outside the ownership or control of the IT department of a business.
Once lawyers understand the definition, they generally say that everything is within the control of their IT department. Most of the time, that answer would be wrong, though many don’t know it.
Just the Facts, Please
Studies by Gartner have revealed that shadow IT constitutes an amazing 30% to 40% of IT spending in big enterprises. Advisory firm CEB estimates that the percentage is 40%. Everest Group research states that it makes up 50% or more of the spending. No need to split hairs — all three numbers are big.
Small law firms are not immune to this trend. How many law firm services are in the cloud, especially today? And are they all under the control and direction of the IT department? The likely answer is no.