The guys in engineering hired some contractors in India and were ready to send them a few laptops :“Stop!” I said.
“Contractors are a perfect use case for Windows to Go. Load up everything your contractors need on a secure PC-on-a-Stick™, including our IT-secured OS, applications, data, and VPN, and then just mail them the devices – simple and quick. They can run from any computer they want. When they are done, you can remotely disable the device in case they “forget” to return them.”
“Naw, we’ve got a couple of older laptops sitting around and that’s the way we’ve always done it,” replied our head engineer.
“Well, do you what you want but remember I recommended that you switch to this cool, new technology.” I warned.
Two weeks later I checked with the guys and the computers were still hung up in customs. They had shipped them together and thought the total value had crossed some threshold that required more paperwork.
Another week passed and what do you know, the engineers were in my office.
One of the engineers asked, “can you put together a couple of WTG drives for us?”
“Sure can, will just take a few minutes. What happened to the laptops stuck in customs?” I inquired.
They stared at their shoes and looked a bit sheepish. Finally, one spoke up.
“Well, India has instituted a new regulation and they considered those laptops eWaste so they sent them both back to us”.
“E-Waste?!” I laughed out loud. “So now you want to take my advice and send your contractors WTG devices – glad to see you have smartened up. And by the way, when those older “e-Waste” laptops get back here, they’ll run way faster with your WTG devices so don’t even think about asking for replacements. WTG adds years to a computer’s useful lifetime.” I said matter-of-factly. E-Waste – ha!