Time For IT Guys To Unshackle Corporate Computers

from the can't-do-that dept

This one ought to infuriate some of the IT folks, but Farhad Manjoo, over at Slate, is making the case for why corporate IT folks should give up trying to control everyone's computers. He says it's silly for them to dictate which apps you can and cannot use, what websites you can and cannot visit and what mobile devices you can and cannot use. He argues that doing so only restricts employees from actually doing useful and innovative stuff and also can make employees significantly less productive.

The response from IT folks will always be about the cost of maintaining all of this -- noting (perhaps correctly) that any time there are any problems, people will call up IT folks who will have to try to service all sorts of things, rather than having a standard list. And, of course, they'll say that users are often dumb, and prone to doing things that put computers and networks at risk. Thus, locking stuff down isn't only cost effective, but it's prudent to protect the company.

In the end, though, if that prevents important work from getting done (or done quickly), that seems like a problem. In the past, we've pointed out study after study after study suggesting that those who are actually allowed to do personal surfing at work are happier and more productive. Manjoo makes that point as well, mentioning recent studies that have shown the same thing and suggesting that companies that trust their workers on these sorts of things tend to get much more out of those employees.

Filed Under: it, limitations, personal surfing, security


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    Anonymous Coward the second, 27 Aug 2009 @ 11:14am

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    Ummm, he doesnt suck, some PCs dont have stock images because they deviate from the norm. You must be a very inexperienced tech. I am considered by many to be an imaging expert, I cut my teeth in the late 90s doing mass imaging deployments and have only gotten better since then. Some programs take an hour alone to install...try installing SAS sometime...
    Disk space is getting cheaper so having a snapshot of each computer on your lan is becoming more feasable but your arrogance that everyone can afford an imaging solution or have the space to manage a FOG server or whatnot is astounding.

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