If IT is the business, then it is the responsibility of everyone within an organization. Therefore, shadow IT no longer exists and there is no reason to be afraid. The future of the workplace is at stake as rapid advancements in technology are changing the way business is conducted. And because of such changes, IT has become the business.\nThe concept of shadow IT historically meant an us vs. them civil war between IT and rogue vaguely technical groups that sprouted within various departments \u2013 unannounced and unheralded \u2013 to deploy departmentally specific solutions. Such a need harkens back to the initial break away from mainframe computing architectures, where a single locked-down system was centralized and controlled by a single entity.\nBut CIOs are expanding their focus beyond operational efficiency and risk mitigation; they must also become advocates for a culture of IT evolution, ones who are willing to take on big risks when there\u2019s not an overwhelming and shared understanding of the business value of doing so. Obviously efficiencies and risk assessment continue to be important for the execution of a successful business, but the evolving CIO teams include this as well as championing innovation \u2013 becoming enablers instead of controllers.\nTo drive business forward, a CIO needs to have his or her team execute with the correct mindset: What is the overall business strategy, and how do we approach each task at hand? This requires innovation. Innovation occurs when all the right variables come together to enable an organic process \u2013 regardless of where the idea initially comes from.\nOur philosophy of \u201cIT as a business\u201d is firmly taking shape at VMware because my IT team wants to innovate and make a difference for our customers, including internally. The role of IT changed; it is successfully blending into the main stream. As a result, IT has emerged from the shadows.