Half of APAC employees engaging in shadow IT

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 19 June, 2019

Half of APAC employees engaging in shadow IT

Asia-Pacific workers are more likely to “go rogue” on work devices, using or accessing software and applications without IT’s permission, according to a global study from technology intelligence solutions provider Snow Software.

The research found that 49% of APAC respondents admit to engaging in shadow IT, compared to 41% globally.

Meanwhile, 48% of APAC respondents state that they have accessed personal photos, music and videos on work devices without IT’s permission — compared to 40% globally — and 55% have accessed work documents on their personal computer — compared to 51% globally.

APAC IT workers are also more likely than their global counterparts to believe that having to wait for IT’s permission to use software and applications slows them down and impacts deadlines (36% compared to 32% globally) and gets in the way of them being productive (35% compared to 31% globally).

The research also found that millennials are almost twice as likely to go rogue than their baby boomer co-workers.

But at the same time, employees with the most power tend to be the worst offenders, with more than half of vice presidents and C-level executives using both software and applications without permission. This compares to just 38% of entry-level employees.

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