Recently Karen Goulart, Features writer for SearchCIO-Midmarket, wrote an interesting article called “Forget flex spending, Millennials want a flexible mobile device policy.” Based in large part on an annual study by Cisco Systems , her article raised some interesting and alarming (to traditional IT managers at least) viewpoints.
Basically, Goulart talked about the Millennial Generation of computer users who bring their own computing devices to work and who are not at all afraid to sidestep a mobile device policy in their quest to use them. First as a helpdesk operator and later as a systems manager, I realized that some years back, such a scenario would have been met with comments like “We did not authorize the use of that device and we do not support it” and “Sorry, it’s not standard within the company…if you have a problem with it, go elsewhere to get technical support.”
That was then. This is now.
Nevertheless, other than IT managers fearing loss of control of hardware they could be expected to support, there are some potential downsides to bringing your own computer to work. Some legacy applications may still be hardware-sensitive and not friendly to your own computing platform. Also, not every application used by companies today are “in The Cloud, ” where many, if not most Millennials have no clue as to exactly where their apps and/or data exist. Apps and data in “the Cloud” may in fact not be on a server in the USA. Does it make a difference? Perhaps and perhaps not. In any case, IT managers who may not be in the Millennial generation do have a lot to think about and communicate with those who bring their own technology to work.
Word for the Day: Fail Whale
While we all know the Fail Whale from Twitter, it appears that there is an interesting history behind the word. Read and enjoy!