The consumerisation of IT is a trend that has gathered momentum in recent years and refers to the ways in which the consumer sector and business sector are converging. It is used as an umbrella term covering many things, including allowing employees to buy or bring to the workplace devices of their choice. This will sometimes replace being given designated computers or other devices, but it can also supplement the traditional model. The IT consumerisation tag can also be used to refer to the way in which some companies (or individuals) use consumer software and services such as Facebook and Twitter to accomplish business tasks.
This paper focuses largely on the first aspect as allowing staff to select their own devices is a highly visible change that can lead to clashing opinions, ranging from those who consider their consumer devices vastly preferable to those who regard consumerisation as a dangerous trend that can lead to disorder and compromise security.