Jargon Watch: BYOD

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The phenomena of BYOD (bring your own devices) is where employees bring their own computing devices into work. It is not something radical or particularly new despite what trends blogs may have you believe. I have with one exception at Pirate Communications had a company phone and never had a company smartphone. Much of the reason was that my cell phone number is as much my identity as my email address.

Students of the history of personal computing know that the first generations; usually Apple II’s were introduced into businesses to run VisiCalc spreadsheet software and subvert the IT’s grip on business information and modelling. The tradition of ‘pirate’ IT systems is still carried on in different departments of merchant banks (its why trading models are often built in a complex Excel spreadsheet rather than as a dedicated application). Increased computing power in smartphones, tablets and laptops leave consumers better equipped than the IT departments who were previously in charge of outfitting technology to employees.

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Left to Your Own Devices – EuroRSCG