Recently, I came across this amazing relic of ancient times that’s on display at the Getty Museum in LA – a Greek marble relief that dates back to 100 BC. It’s like the IT department has presented her with a laptop still running Windows 2000 and she’s thinking to herself, “What have I gotten myself into?” Could it be one of the first sources of inspiration for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), found in a carving thousands of years old? Judging from this, it looks like people have wanted to bring their own devices to work for a lot longer than we might have previously thought!
The role of the CIO is changing so fast these days that you can hardly catch your breath. No longer can the chief information officer focus on maintaining the traditional IT infrastructure. Now it’s about the proliferation of devices and how they can help to build your business. Read More »
At Citrix Synergy 2012, I was invited to participate in a panel discussion, “Beyond BYOD to Work Anywhere with Virtual Workspaces”. Fellow panelists included Simon Bramfitt, Principal Analyst at Entelechy Associates, and Jeroen Van De Kam, CTO at Login Consultants.
Two key themes came up repeatedly: the need to keep BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in perspective and the role of the business and the users.
Imagine that you’re standing out in the middle of a desert. All you and your work team can see is endless sand. You know where you are only from the GPS coordinates – there are no roads, no cell towers, no infrastructure. Can you expect to be able to utilize radios, smart phones, tablets, and teleconferencing systems just as though you were back in your home office? Read More »
Last year, the Cisco Connected World Technology Report came up with a startling finding: In a poll of 2,800 respondents across 14 countries, 40% of college students and 45% of young professionals declared that mobility and social media access on the job was even more important to them than a high salary.
For slightly older workers, this is a major and surprising cultural shift. But it is one that has already been embraced by West Texas A&M University and its CIO, James Webb. To better serve its Millennial students, the university has deployed a flexible, pervasive learning environment based on a Cisco network that enables a multitude of devices. Offering mobile, more relevant learning options helps to prepare these students for the modern workplace while assuring that they receive a good education.