Gravitant is expanding the governance capabilities on its cloudMatrix cloud brokerage and management platform. The new capabilities will first roll out for Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ:AMZN), but Gravitant plans to roll it out for other cloud platforms over time.

The two main enhancements to the platform include:

  • Continuous cloud asset discovery and sync, which will begin with Amazon Web Services and roll out to other providers over time. According to Gravitant, the new discovery and sync capabilities enhance internal governance capabilities to discover and control shadow IT and provide an alternate sourcing option.
  • The integration of government-certified cloud providers into the cloudMatrix electronic services catalog, which is designed to enhance external governance capabilities through secure clouds.

Enterprises have struggled with shadow IT (or rogue IT, depending on your preference) since before the first personal computer, and in this age of cloud, shadow IT has become an even more challenging problem. The unbudgeted and unauthorized use of external cloud services outside of the IT department's purview has created a serious—and expensive—problem. According to Pricewaterhouse Coopers, as much as a third of the spending on IT in enterprises is being spent on shadow IT.

With the new cloudMatrix capabilities, Gravitant hopes to help solve the shadow IT problem. According to the company, continuous cloud asset discovery and sync capabilities addresses the issue because CIOs and CFOs can discover cloud assets employees are using and then aggregate, link and govern them on an ongoing basis. Additionally, CIOs can take what they learn to run alternate sourcing scenarios to optimize the spend from shadow IT.

The real way to solve the problem is by understanding it and then making it as easy as possible for individual departments and end users to get the IT services they need as quickly as they can sign up for a cloud service. That could mean the IT department becomes the internal cloud broker, vetting cloud services and then providing a catalog for end users to select services from.