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Managing Enterprise Mobility in a Bring-Your-Own-Device World: Trends, Challenges and the Role of Outsourcing | Article

Managing Enterprise Mobility in a Bring-Your-Own-Device World: Trends, Challenges and the Role of Outsourcing | Article | Consumerization of IT | Scoop.it
It is the era of the 24/7 employee but no one seems to be complaining. Cloud computing, collaboration convergence and the need for access-on-the-go have driven a surge in mobility technologies.
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Consumerization of IT? Well…

Consumerization of IT? Well… | Consumerization of IT | Scoop.it

First I have to say that I’ve never been that fond of the words [consumerization of IT], mostly because I think they create some confusion and because they’re very overused. While I do think there is a clear definition, I think that the words themselves conjure up all sorts of scary (from a CIO standpoint anyway) images of employees running rampant on the company network.

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Dealing With Rogue IT

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Remember when low-cost servers were introduced? Frustrated business units bought their ownand soon realized how costly and difficult it was to manage their impromptu server farms. They promptly plopped them back in ITs lap.
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Implications of Michael Dell's Vision for the New Role of the CIO - Forbes

Implications of Michael Dell's Vision for the New Role of the CIO - Forbes | Consumerization of IT | Scoop.it

At Dell World last week, Michael Dell hosted a variety of speakers, most of whom pointed to a vision of a new CIO, one who abandons the under-the-hood, component level focus in favor of vastly increased attention on business processes and crafting and configuring applications to support them. While the vision represents a coherent synthesis that addresses most of the challenges facing CIOs, several implications of the vision deserve attention in order for CIOs to avoid serious errors.

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Cisco security GM: Consumerization drives everything

Cisco security GM: Consumerization drives everything | Consumerization of IT | Scoop.it
Employees love using their own devices to do corporate work, but the practice, known as consumerization, is rife with security risks.
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5 steps for easing gadgets into the enterprise

The consumerization of IT refers to people wanting to use their Apple iPad tablets, Android smart phones and other wireless handheld devices at work just like they do at home. It is as simple as people wanting to access information, exchange messages and take care of business wherever they can get a wireless signal, which these days means just about anywhere.

 

But the small devices raise big issues for IT departments that must ensure that government business is handled effectively and securely. Some agency IT officials want to keep consumer devices at bay. Others view them and all they represent not as a threat but as a great opportunity to boost workplace productivity and maybe even save some money.

 

Here are five ways the IT department can get into the driver’s seat when it comes to consumer mobile technology in the workplace.

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Steve Jobs's unintentional legacy: The consumerization of IT

Steve Jobs's unintentional legacy: The consumerization of IT | Consumerization of IT | Scoop.it
Consumers carried their lofty, Apple-nurtured expectations into the office, forcing a change in how tech was deployed to workers...
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Garth Fort on Consumerization of IT - Viewpoints [video]

Garth Fort on Consumerization of IT - Viewpoints [video] | Consumerization of IT | Scoop.it
Garth Fort, General Manager of Microsoft's Security and Management Division, discusses what IT leaders are starting to see as a result of consumerization of IT, the security and management implications, and offers advice on ...
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Latest device releases (Amazon Fire and iPhone 4S) should push consumerization further into enterprises.

A pair of recent product releases from two of the biggest names in the technology industry have sent the mobile industry into a frenzy. One is a low-cost tablet that promises to introduce the devices to the masses, while the other is the latest in a long line of extremely popular and successful smartphones.

 

They are, of course, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet and Apple's iPhone 4S. Both were highly anticipated before finally being introduced during the past two weeks – the Kindle Fire intro closed out September, while Apple opened October with the iPhone 4S. Experts are expecting both devices to create quite a stir – pre-orders for the Kindle Fire have reportedly surpassed 250,000 – in both the consumer and enterprise markets.

 

For companies, the tablet and the smartphone could present plenty of new opportunities for enterprise mobility, placing them squarely in the driver's seat of IT consumerization.

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Die, VPN! We're all "telecommuters" now and IT must adjust

Thanks to ubiquitous broadband and high-quality smartphones and laptops, even office workers who don't "telecommute" have become "telecommuters." IT departments must embrace working outside the office walls—and they can start by killing most VPNs.

 

Telecommuting as a separate thing is pretty much dead. You get e-mail on your phone, you write documents on your iPad, you run videoconferences on your laptop, and you do that anywhere you happen to be. When people conduct FaceTime chats on airplanes over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the idea that there's this special "telecommuting" thing you have, and that you need special gear to do it, is dead, dead, dead. Everyone is "telecommuting."

 

This is the issue for most companies and IT departments: not if they will allow telecommuting/remote working, but how they will manage it. How do you deal with every employee wanting to BYOD, (Bring Your Own Device), expecting that they can get to the resources they need from home, in a hotel, or on an airplane? When everyone working for you has a smartphone, how do you justify making them carry two? When everyone buys a personal tablet, how do you say, "No! You may not use that for work!" (More importantly, why would you say that?)

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Blurb Launches $1.99 iPad eBook Publishing Service

Publishers pay $1.99 per book and get to keep 100% of the profit beyond that cost. Paper books from Blurb start at $10 each to print on demand. Two buck easy-to-make eBook publishing on demand sounds awesome.

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Steve Jobs: Grandfather of consumerization

Steve Jobs is the Grandfather of consumerization. And while Apple's focus has always been on the consumer, I'd argue his legacy will be even greater in the enterprise. Because Jobs was the Grandfather of consumerization.

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Say, When Did Apple Become an Enterprise Company?

Perhaps its just that I havent dialed in to an Apple earnings call in more than a year since leaving my old job . But it sure sounded like a new thing to me when Apple CEO Tim Cook rattled off a list of large companies using the iPhone.
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Transforming CIOs from Benevolent Dictators to Product Managers - Forbes

Transforming CIOs from Benevolent Dictators to Product Managers - Forbes | Consumerization of IT | Scoop.it

Unquestionably, the end of the IT monopoly will require a structural change.

 

It is not that IT will have to say yes to everything end-users want to do. It is that IT will just not be asked. VPs and department heads will use what they can get their hands on to do their jobs.

 

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Managing the Deluge of Personal Hand-held Devices Into the Enterprise

Managing the Deluge of Personal Hand-held Devices Into the Enterprise | Consumerization of IT | Scoop.it
Until recently, many enterprise IT organizations prohibited the use of personal hand-held devices in the enterprise environment. With the consumerization of IT, it faced the daunting challenge of enabling employees’ desire to access corporate information using an array of personal hand-held devices. Ten years ago, employees came to work to use great technology. Now, with the battery of consumer devices available, they often have better PCs and printers at home than they do at work. Because user expectations and needs have also changed, enterprise must adapt.
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Consumerization of IT Raises New Security Challenges [article]

Much has been written about the “consumerization” of Information Technology (“IT”) happening in organizations with end users bringing into work personal devices such as smart phones and tablets and connecting them to the corporate network.

 

But consumerization of IT has spread beyond devices with end users and departments also BYO-ing Applications (“BYOA”) and BYO-ing Servers (“BYOS”). The net net is this consumerization/BYO trend is altering the economics of enterprise IT by shifting IT assets from outside the firewall to the cloud, and with it a new set of security challenges are emerging.

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Cisco and the Consumerization of IT

Cisco appears to be one of the players at the forefront of dealing with the implications of consumer devices in the workplace. All along, Cisco has made a point to pronounce this shift as not only unavoidable, but something to embrace. (Perhaps Cisco realizes that like social media in the workplace, you’re better off creating a policy to accommodate consumer devices rather than deny their use completely.) How are they extending the digital olive branch?
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Consumerisation-driven Open Source

Open source software isn't immune to the impact of the Consumerization of IT, argues Tomas Nystrom, Global Open Source Lead at Accenture.

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Beyond the Hype of Consumerization of IT, Part I: The Data

Beyond the Hype of Consumerization of IT, Part I: The Data

 

Yes, consumer technology is raging a war against the enterprise, creating a demand for CIO’s to grant access to precious network resources from devices the employee owns. However, many are quick to grab the magic quadrant technology (read: devices) to solve the problem without looking holistically at the situation. What really needs to happen to address this consumer trend and what happens when the next new widget hits the marketplace?

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Telco Cost Management or Mobile Device Management? How About Both?

In light of last week's launch of iPhone 4s and its record-breaking first weekend sales, it's clear that the Consumerization of Enterprise Mobility is primed for another significant surge as we head into the holiday season.

 

The management challenges of mobile devices is rapidly becoming an overwhelming thought for many IT leaders for three key reasons:

 

- Many employees have a laptop, a smart phone, and now an iPad, creating a 3X management challenge.

- Apps, the second wave of consumerization, are being downloaded at an unprecedented pace.

- The definition of “mobile worker” has changed. Employees no longer need to be mobile to need mobility in their jobs.

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The Consumerisation of IT in the Enterprise: A View From the Field - Microsoft Around the Globe - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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.

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