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Andrew Bilecki, CIO of UK Power Networks is embracing Shadow IT in his organisation as the most efficient way to power a transformation programme.

UK Power Networks supply electricity to 25% of the UK's population as the main utility network in the south east of the country.

Bilecki is using his transformation programme to embrace shadow IT. "With the transformation programme we have an opportunity to converge a set of shadow IT. We have some interesting models in recent years, such as end users working on some elements of SAP configuration. It was a lot quicker than some of our outsourced service provision and they have the skills and knowledge to do it right first time," he told CIO UK in a profile interview.

In an organisation with a large number of engineers and technical experts shadow IT is inevitable, but Bilecki is clear that as the CIO he has to sign off and justifies the organisation's technology P&L, so ultimately a contract will be brokered and signed off by the CIO. "If there is a need we will always help."

"As CIO you have to be comfortable that you have the right metric. I think a lot of people are creating a productivity tool to fill a gap, so it is often sensible that you embrace and containerise what they know. Stopping it makes no sense," he said.

UK Power Networks is majority owned by Li Ka-shing, one of the richest men from Asia. Li's Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings business recently acquired Eversholt Rail Group for £1.1 billion and owns the Three mobile network.

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