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Among the "hard truths" Dan Tynan believes IT departments need to accept: popular consumer...

Among the "hard truths" Dan Tynan believes IT departments need to accept: popular consumer devices such as Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and iPad have to be accommodated, as more employees bring self-purchased devices to work; and users will increasingly access cloud services and mobile apps of their own choosing. 
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  • kmi
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    That's backwards. Companies provide phones as a perk. If employees don't want to carry two devices and are willing to fund their own plans, then, let them carry whatever phone they want.


    If they want the perk of a company provided phone, why should they get a say on what phone is provided.


    I'll point out that the traditional corporate phone - Blackberry, and yes I know few folks like them anymore - has robust encryption technologies, extremely high ability by the IT dept to control what is and what is not accessible with the phone, a compressed data which means low data usage compared to other devices. These are things that are very attractive to some IT depts, although maybe not as much to others.
    18 Jul 2011, 09:54 AM Reply Like
  • Dana Blankenhorn
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    Tynan's right. But this happens regularly, whenever a new technology becomes mainstream. IT departments are always behind the curve.


    I'm old enough to remember bringing my own PC to work.And getting pushback from co-workers and my bosses about it, despite the increased productivity. (Might have been the printer I also brought with me.)
    18 Jul 2011, 10:14 AM Reply Like
  • The Simple Accountant
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    To the extent that apps and data migrate to "the cloud" they will be relatively device and OS agnostic, so this notion does have some merit. Even in enterprises where the systems are kept in house but web enabled, for example in a Citrix environment, client software is already available for iOS, Android and Linux devices. That cat is already out of the bag and unlikely to be wrangled back in.
    18 Jul 2011, 10:22 AM Reply Like
  • 36bells
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    The real issue here is that users are bringing their iPads to work and using the corporate wifi network like a giant hotspot. They spend all day online surfing etc etc and there is no client you can deploy.
    We have been looking at Aruba's solution for this has anyone else deployed it ?
    18 Jul 2011, 10:25 AM Reply Like
  • Dana Blankenhorn
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    There are many companies that can dramatically expand the capability of a corporate network, having done the same work for hospitals. Aruba is one, but there are many others.
    18 Jul 2011, 11:19 AM Reply Like
  • ishron
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    There has to be value in the work that is being done with this consumer devices for corporate IT to support these rogue devices that users bring from home. This is a huge difference from the devices that are provided for employees to use to do work. As more and more companies are pilfered and attacked from within and bandwidth is hammered by employees watching or listening to streaming content with these devices, they will be managed off the net. As opposed to actually doing work with them.
    18 Jul 2011, 12:59 PM Reply Like
  • Dana Blankenhorn
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    This is the same prediction that was made for PCs and for the Internet. The companies which did as you suggest and sought to deny these advances or control them, did not perform nearly as well as those which embraced them.


    Why should this time be different?
    18 Jul 2011, 01:37 PM Reply Like
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