Bringing your own technology, device, or PC to work – a.k.a. BYOT, BYOD or BYOPC – is an unavoidable trend that is going to make your IT job harder. As the movement gains momentum, some of your IT colleagues are pushing back.
A recent InformationWeek article summarizes findings from Forrester Research that reveal the so-called “consumerization of IT” has picked up speed as tablets and Web-based apps have become popular. Currently, 4 percent of decision-makers in the 1,000 enterprises and 1,200 small and midsize businesses surveyed have officially accepted personal touchscreen tablets in their workplaces, according to Forrester. Another 17 percent are testing tablets now.
Far less acceptable is the notion of employees using their own personal laptops or PCs for business work, with only two percent of survey respondents favoring the idea. But at the same time, IT appears to be amenable to testing and deploying a wider variety of smartphones and laptops. Eighty percent say they are trying to bring more of these devices and in different models.
You can surely guess what’s driving IT’s reluctance to simply let everyone work anyway they want: security. Seventy percent of respondents name it as their chief concern when it comes to the BYO model, and with good reason. IT is caught in the middle. On the one hand it wants to equip happy workers who become more productive by working on their favorite familiar devices. On the other hand, the business must remain locked down. Somewhere is the happy medium, but it will be tough to find and maintain.