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Despite the hype, few businesses are in a position to move their IT requirements wholesale to the cloud at any time soon. However, this does not mean that there are not benefits to be had from embracing such a services. Whether this is moving the use of certain utility applications over the specialist providers or boosting infrastructure requirements at peak times, cloud services make IT delivery more flexible and used judiciously can free IT staff from many mundane day-to-day tasks. However, there is another side to the use of cloud applications and services; whether IT departments like it not, users and lines-of-business will invoke cloud application for themselves and overlooking this can lead to a loss of control of corporate data. That said, wholesale blocking of certain user invoked applications is not pragmatic either, some of them are probably already embedded in business processes even if IT departments are not aware of this.