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May 2012

Consumerisation of IT: How to strategise enterprise device management

With the growing popularity of mobile communication devices and consumerisation of IT, the traditional “one-size-fits-all” enterprise device strategy is likely to fail. In this tip, business and technology expert Clive Longbottom explains why it is important now more than ever to revise your IT strategy and to develop a sound plan for managing devices. Shrinking devices; growing problems Life used to be so easy when certain computer workloads were carried out on a central device (a server) and the results of the workload were accessed through an endpoint that did very little itself (a terminal). Personal computers didn’t radically change how information was managed. Although the end-point device became intelligent and was able to store information, it remained “tethered” to a fixed position.  Then we saw the development of ever-smaller mobile devices. First, it was the luggable; then the laptop; then the rise (and fall) of personal digital assistants (PDAs); and now the evolution and rise of smartphones and tablets.  Problems ...

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