Sure, everybody is excited about BYOD. You can use your personal phone to make business calls and read your corporate email. But the real cost savings for BYOD is “bring your own computer- BYOC”. There is no need to purchase, maintain, and upgrade computers; we just let the employees do that.
But wait; there are two BIG issues with Bring Your Own Computer. The first is an IT issue. The IT team has to install applications, security tools, and management software onto each employee’s laptop. That means IT has to support a range of computer types (including Macs) and OS versions, and deal with incompatible applications running on the employee’s personal device.
The second issue is all about end-user satisfaction. I can hear the screaming now. “What do you mean you are going to install monitoring software, file scanning, corporate applications, and Internet proxies on MY PERSONAL COMPUTER?? How much space is that going to take? Does this mean Corporate can see my personal files?” My users will rebel.
Good news for IT and the end user – both of these issues can be easily addressed with Windows To Go. Let them use their personal hardware – Macs, PC laptops, tablets – but have them run their corporate workspace from an IronKey ”PC-on-a-Stick” Windows To Go USB flash drive. They run IT’s corporate Windows image with locked-down security controls and policies, applications, and data, but IT never touches their personal hard drive. Complete isolation between work and personal environments!
If you want happy employees, let them use their personal PC, but have them use an IronKey Windows To Go drive and don’t touch their personal system. This is truly win-win. IT saves a boatload of money and users have a portable corporate workspace they can plug into their personal laptop, a home computer, or a computer they borrow at work. When was the last time you rolled out a major cost savings initiative and got happy users at the same time! BYOC – bring it on!