People want to work with the electronic tools they bring to the office or wherever else they spend their time, not with the school supplies handed to them by their employers.
These would be the “CI” (company-issue) phones and tablets, i.e., having to toggle ceaselessly between “their” phone and the company’s. Makes perfect sense. So we were encouraged the other day to hear a senior IT executive of a Fortune 50-sized enterprise describe his contempt for the MDM thrust of trying to manage people away from what they want to do.
“I want to enable people to work the way they’re most comfortable and productive,” he said. Imagine that. A major dude who sees himself as an enabler of the people who do the work that pushes his company forward. “This includes me,” he added. So he’s pushing a strategy of security that protects proprietary information and privacy while maximizing productivity. A non-trivial task, to be sure, but considering the alternative of falling behind his like-minded competitors it’s a mission he must accomplish. Encumbered employees aren’t anywhere near peak performance and never will be.
Technology must enable, not obstruct: simple concept, often misinterpreted. Leave people to their own devices and ensure productive results.
When he’s not ranting on this blog or creating content at Write Angle, Stan DeVaughn serves as senior consultant in customer development and marketing at RightOn Mobile, Inc. a developer of location-based security products for a mobile, BYOD workforce.
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