There may be someone in a dark corner of IT who hasn't heard about the consumerization of IT, that growing trend toward active user involvement and even control over aspects of the business's technology portfolio. By now, most of IT is aware -- sometimes painfully so. Also quite aware are business execs, who increasingly wave away IT's securty and control concerns as their users and customers swoon over iPads, social networking, cloud services, and the rest of the consumerization repertoire. They see employees who can do more in more places, and often they're discovering the joys personally.
But once the euphoria has passed, real questions remain about the consumerization phenomenon. Even when IT gets over loss of control, legitimate and complex questions about risk must be addressed. And businesspeople soon discover that freedom of technology can descend into chaos without a framework to guide its use.
The issue is not whether to adopt consumerization -- it'll happen on its own -- but how best to do so. That's why InfoWorld has produced the "Consumerization of IT Digital Spotlight," a PDF guide on the essential business factors, adoption strategies, and technology management options that both business execs and IT managers should understand.
Download the "Consumerization of IT Digital Spotlight" PDF report at no charge now. If you want to explore the topic more thoroughly, InfoWorld has several resources available:
- "Consumerization of IT Digital Spotlight" PDF report
- "BYOD and Mobile Deep Dive" PDF, which looks at the technology and policy issues in managing a bring-your-own-device strategy in medium-size to large businesses.
- "IT's 6-step guide to adopting consumerization," which distills advice from IT leaders and consultants on how to approach adoption of consume tech in business.
- "The post-PC future: Where Microsoft and Apple are driving us," a look at how the two major platforms -- Windows 8 and Apple's trio of iOS, OS X, and iCloud -- are changing the PC we know today into a completely different form.