<em."After all, you cannot expect the IT team to manage things over which they have no control, or are not aware of. "</em>
Oh, if only that were true.
Most organisations are seeing users and business groups starting to make their own technology decisions to some degree or another. On the one hand this provides those in the business with the freedom and flexibility they often crave, but unilateral adoption of equipment, software and services can create ambiguity over who is …
Being able to use your own personable equipment at work, is just asking for system down time.
IT does have control, mostly over company equipment.
But IT doesn't have much control over your personal laptop or fondle slab, when used at work.
we can, however, have fun. "Great, you want to use your own iPad ! Fine, we were told no budget for them anyway. So, here's the compliance documentation, please read and sign to say you accept sole and full responsibility for compliance of your device. After that, please read the environmental impact statement and recycling policy, and so on. Then finally please sign this security statement confirming that the device will be remotely wiped immediately you become aware it is missing".
I'm old enough to remember that PCs got into the office this way...local managers bought them as they were a great way to get around the central IT department's restrictions. IT controlled accounts and software on the VAX and on the IBM big iron, but PCs were standalone.
Sooner or later the PCs became business critical, so IT were stuck with them whether they liked it or not.
Was how I got into IT in the first place - the IT department refused to touch our PCs, so I looked after them. More fun than what I was supposed to be doing and made it easier for me to get a new job once our office got consolidated out of existence.
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