Computers

by Mike Masnick




Will You Bring Your Own PC To Work?

from the changing-times dept

People often have emotional attachments with their computers, even if that computer is supplied by their employers. Going one step beyond the concept of telecommuting and the so-called commoditization of IT, some are wondering if a few years from now, people will be expected to bring their own computers to work, the same way they're expected to drive their own cars to work. And, if that's the case, what will it mean for the traditional role of the IT staffer who used to have to get you set up with your computer and help you troubleshoot when things weren't working properly? The article suggests it may mean fewer IT jobs, since they won't have to manager purchasing new machines and applications. However, it could mean a shift of those jobs towards the new problem: making all of those different PC configurations work together properly. Of course, that seems like an opportunity as well. If things really do progress in this manner, there will be a greater need for automation tools that can help configure a machine to work within a specific corporate network environment.

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    eeyore, 10 May 2004 @ 5:03am

    exactly the problem

    This is how viruses infect supposedly secure corporate networks. One of our executive VPs brought his own laptop in every day and when it got a virus it infected the mail server and within a day had spread to nearly every machine in the building. Because one person was too ignorant to protect his own laptop from viruses and ignored the corporate directive that non-company machines were not to be connected to the LAN probably millions of dollars in damage were done when lost productivity is taken into account. Any company that allows employees to bring their own computers to work where they have no control over their configuration is putting their entire network at risk.

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