Discussion: Struggling to keep up with ever-changing technology and the cost of IT provisioning, companies are adopting the “bring your own computer” (BYOC) policy. Not only do employees have the freedom to choose their own devices, they also have the freedom to access their office desktop remotely. Both Microsoft and Intel subsidize hardware, while Citrix gives staff a stipend to buy a computer of their choice. Despite the potential security risks such as management of passwords and control of non-work related content, companies are happy to save money and keep the employee-owned devices off their books.
Date: January 13, 2011
Questions for discussion:
- Discuss why tablets are expected to drive the BYOC phase?
- What is the potential legal implication of excluding part-time workers from BYOC subsidies and stipends?
- Taking security risks, overall costs, and employee productivity into consideration, compare and contrast the implementation of a BYOC program versus traditional desktop provisioning.