So The IT Dept Said You Can Bring Your Own Computer and Phone To Work? Which One?

[This article is NOT for the small business owner. It’s for your employees.]

Wow, so you get into your office on Monday morning (or Saturday night) and see an email from “The IT Department”. The email says that effective “today” you can buy whatever computer and smartphone you want and it can connect to the corporate server and other corporate amenities as long as it follows a few rules, such as having security, firewall, VPN, encryption, etc.

At first you’re happy and excited. But then dreadful. For so many years you HAD to pick the tech that was force fed to you. Now you have a choice.

Before you rush out to buy ANYTHING, understand that the device that’s great for showing cute photos of a new born baby might not be the best one for email. The notebook that’s great for music videos might NOT be the best one for working on a presentation for 5 hours on an airplane.

Their is no one size fits all. But I do encourage you to sit with an IT consultant (even one at work) and make sure you buy one that is best for YOU and your business. Make sure you are able to try out and test the technology before you buy it so that you can ensure it works great with your PERSONAL and PROFESSIONAL life.

The New York Times writes:

Encouraging employees to buy their own laptops, or bring their mobile phones and iPads from home, is gaining traction in the workplace. A survey published on Thursday by Forrester Research found that 48 percent of information workers buy smartphones for work without considering what their I.T. department supports. By being more flexible, companies are hoping that workers will be more comfortable with their devices and therefore more productive.

“Bring your own device” policies, as they are called, are also shifting the balance of power among electronics makers. Manufacturers good at selling to consumers are increasingly gaining the upper hand, while those focused on bulk corporate sales are slipping.

The phenomenon is upending the corporate market, which has traditionally hinged on electronics makers cultivating tight relationships with I.T. departments. Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, have long dominated the workplace, but Apple and its consumer-friendly blockbusters — the iPhone, iPad and MacBook — have made major inroads.

Also keep in mind that security and performance are VERY important.

Maybe you are using a product that’s great for sharing photos but easy for hackers to attack and get through. Maybe your favorite free phone service is terrible on network resources.

YOU won’t know these things but a good IT consultant will.


About Ramon Ray

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks Ramon. Organizations are finding that the benefits of allowing employees to use the devices that make them the most productive are too great to ignore.  However, this also creates security issues. A recent Symantec study showed that employees don’t understand the security challenges of mobile devices.  In fact, 78 percent think that allowing employees to use the smartphones of their choice either has no impact on or only somewhat decreases the overall security of their company’s networks and information. If you’re interested in more details, check out this post for more information on mobile security:
    Chris Halcon