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So, you want to adopt BYOD?

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARC1020 View Post
    "So, you want to adopt BYOD?"

    Absolutely not. The only people who think BYOD is a good idea are company bosses looking to save money on hardware costs, or employees who really haven't thought it through properly. Don't do it.
    Hi there
    When I read this type of reply -- I say Oh dear - not again -- we'd all still be using the abacus if this type of answer was adopted.

    I just wonder if people have ever worked in places where the equipment is SO OLD compared to what you have at home that it makes doing the job a load harder. - Yes of course it's more difficult for the I.T dept - but remember the I.T dept is merely the PROVIDER OF A SERVICE -- the USERS who use it are the people who generate the INCOME for the company.

    Too often I.T depts. regard themselves as the most essential area of a business -- whereas in fact a business could (although with difficulty in most cases) actually run WITHOUT the I.T dept at all.

    By using different devices (and trying out different software in some cases) a lot of innovation can be bought into a business.

    It's not an easy job to implement BYOD but on the whoie if it's manageable it should be asttempted. By having say a logon to a Virtual server standard company software can be run on a whole slew of different devices.

    A decent Virtual Infrastructure should protect the main corporate I.T systems against malware and illegal software attack / use.

    Most of the objections can be dealt with quite easily -- remember also by using a Virtual Server / desktop concept the I.T dept will minimize any possible issues on the remote (i.e users) device.

    Also if you are a travelling consultant - it's much better to be able to use ONE laptop than have to take TWO everywhere - the company one and yours.

    Finally a lot of people work from home on at least one day a week - using home equipment saves all sorts of problems with supplying and maintaining central equipment.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    I just wonder if people have ever worked in places where the equipment is SO OLD compared to what you have at home that it makes doing the job a load harder.
    I personally haven't had that experience, but I can understand the concern. We've had older machines, but nothing horribly bad.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    - Yes of course it's more difficult for the I.T dept - but remember the I.T dept is merely the PROVIDER OF A SERVICE -- the USERS who use it are the people who generate the INCOME for the company.
    I think that is simplifying the role of IT just a little too much. At my place, IT can significantly impact the income coming into the business. Servers and storage don't manage themselves. Many of the systems including the CRM system and tie ins bring additional functionality that the employees otherwise wouldn't have without the IT group setting it up and supporting it. People in the business often have an idea or a thought, but no ability to bring it to fruition and that is what we often end up doing. And if we deploy poorly built and running servers, we can lose this income very easily.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Too often I.T depts. regard themselves as the most essential area of a business -- whereas in fact a business could (although with difficulty in most cases) actually run WITHOUT the I.T dept at all.
    I'd like to see how these companies would do that. They would end up having to outsource all of the functionality that we provide. Contractors would have to be called in to build and deploy machines. Hosting companies would be charging additional money for the setup and configuration that the regular office staff wouldn't have a chance of completing on their own. I don't know many IT staff that aren't putting in 40 hours a week only to be behind on various tasks and projects. And we all know time is money, so you don't want employees sitting around waiting for a fix.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    yes of course things like CRM provide businesses with income (think of things like e-commerce / e-retail particularly and do need massive amounts of I.T support to get it working - but it's the FUNCTIONAL business analysts / entrepreneurs who conceive of the concept - while of course the I.T depts. turn the concept into reality.

    A lot of I.T staff DO work long hours - and these days with a hideous amount of off-shoring -- maybe far too much IMO - with smaller and smaller salaries (I know some people whose daily rate is actually LOWER than it was in 2008 !!!!) - however it would seem easier on the whole to manage a unified Virtual desktop type of structure to which all sorts of device could be reliably connected to them.

    This if managed correctly could save organisations 100,000's of Dollars, Roubles, Pounds, Euros etc etc - and of course people tend to like using their own gear.

    For starters it saves me having to learn Ms Office in 15 different languages and have to struggle with unfamiliar keyboard layouts -- For non Native French speakers just try and get your hands around an AZERTY keyboard and type documents in ENGLISH for example.

    Like everything else this policy needs careful consideration and isn't appropriate in all cases -- I'd imagine if you work for the CIA for example there might be problems with implementing a BYOD policy. However a blanket NO in all cases is also a typically BOVINE response too -- perhaps that's whats wrong with a lot of current businesses - too much quick decision making without digesting ALL the facts for analysing a complex problem.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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