A day ago, an article appeared online on one of our major newspapers: Designing A GooD BYOD Policy | Mobility Policy Is All About The User
I count this as one of the worst articles on the subject ever written....
Here was my response to the article (pending perusal by newspaper), and it may apply here:
Completely missing the point is that in the workplace, workers are there to work, and they must abide by company policy. The article seems to pontificate that users be able to being along any device they see fit and put the onus back on the IT department to work FOR them to enable them to use devices that they also use in their personal lives.
This equation is completely backwards. The company, which not only pays their salary, also puts in place policies to decide what devices can be used in the workplace and what security implications there are using such devices. The company should have zero interest in making ANY effort to enable users to enable their personal devices on a company network.
Ive seen plenty of educational institutions and some companies start to and accomplish setting up BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) infrastructure and policies, and at their cost, and my response to this is "Are you mental?". Who in their right mind would spend capital expenditure to enable users to use whatever device they own in a company/educational institution environment. the side effects or loss of productivity, security and the time spent catering to some random persons one off device having issues is just a massive time vampire hovering over the whole idea.
Certainly where i work, people go there TO work, get paid for doing that work.
The company or institution is there to make money/teach, not subject itself to the whims and wants of a tablet/iphone carrying timewaster.
Implying theres some sort of right for users to expect this is unprofessional, completely uninformed and goes against the core responsibility of the IT department has to its employer, to provide a functional and secure environment for the benefit of the company not the end user....