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NYTimes Article: More Offices Let Workers Choose Their Own Devices
Good article in NY Times
More Offices Let Workers Choose Their Own Devices. NY Times, September 23,
Instead of seeing this as a threat, how might we embrace? iPads for all my friends! A laptop in every pot. Have it your way (but you make the burger)...
Seriously, the notion of providing stipends has a certain amount of appeal. Not for all, but some. My how our world is changing.
"Throughout the information age, the corporate I.T. department has stood at the chokepoint of office technology with a firm hand on what equipment and software employees use in the workplace.
"But I.T. departments are gradually warming to the idea simply because their bosses left them little choice. The I.T. staff may grieve for their lost power, but they do it.
â€œTheyâ€™re over the denial and anger stage, and now they are in the acceptance and â€˜How can we help?â€™ stage,â€ said Mr. Schadler, who co-wrote the book â€œEmpowered,â€ which addresses consumer technology in the workplace. â€œWhat broke the camelâ€™s back was the iPad, because executives brought it into the company and said â€˜Hey, youâ€™ve got to support this.â€™ â€
â€œBring your own deviceâ€ is not for every company. Because of security concerns and data retention laws, some firms like Wells Fargo do not let employees connect to corporate networks with their personal electronics. Protecting the bankâ€™s customers is more important than any benefit from letting employees use their personal devices for business, said Jim Spicer, chief information officer of corporate technology and data for the company."
Dwight Fischer, Asst. VP/CIO
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