Rich Cheston

BYOD and the Consumerization of IT

BYOD and the Consumerization of IT

Rich Cheston Master Inventor, Lenovo Rich Cheston has deep roots in the PC business and has even earned the status of Master Inventor at Lenovo. In this post, he explains the nuance between the terms BYOD and Consumerization of IT. If you’ve paid any attention to the computing industry in the last few years, chances are you’ve heard people discussing the trends around the Consumerization of IT, including Bring Your Own PC, or BYOPC, as well as Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD. Many people often speak of these trends interchangeably yet, while they are related, they do not mean the same thing. To make sure we’re all on the same page, let’s begin with a couple definitions. First, it’s worth stating that the Consumerization of IT is really about the “empowerment” of the individual user to use the device(s) of their choosing in the workplace. At the outset of this trend, BYOPC emerged four years ago as an alternative way for users to acquire their work PC without accepting the traditional company-issued model. In some instances, the user’s company will pay an upfront stipend to help offset the cost of the new PC. One of the limitations of BYOPC programs, though, is that most such programs do not include traditional company-provided IT support. While the Consumerization of IT started with BYOPC, it has exploded with the advent of smartphones and tablets. This has led to BYOD, which refers to people bringing into the...

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Eight Threats to Tablet Security

Eight Threats to Tablet Security

Rich Cheston has deep roots in the PC business and has even earned the status of Master Inventor at Lenovo. In this post, he shares his expertise on locking down data in the latest mobile device--the tablet. I recently participated in one of Lenovo’s customer advisory council sessions. Before I attended, I read surveys on the use of tablets, as I anticipated on the hot topics at the session would be the impact of tablets on the consumerization of IT, and the challenges our customers face in securing the devices. What struck me about the survey was that the “why” behind the purchasing decision is so obvious: simple and quick Internet access, ease of browsing and shopping, simple apps, etc. However, there was no mention of the security enablement that should be required to use the tablet in a work environment. This observation matched up well with what I found at the advisory council session. Most IT organizations are little more prepared to face security challenges now than they were a year ago, and the conversations focused on the struggle to ensure security within the corporation of new devices like tablets. Ultimately, our customers have asked us to deliver a tablet that is as secure as a PC. It is this customer need, along with these conversations and observations, which led us to do a detailed...

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Rich Cheston has been in the PC business almost from the beginning -  long enough to earn his status of Master Inventor at Lenovo . In this post, he shares his most recent technical passion – the first solution to emerge from Lenovo’s cloud computing strategy. It’s a Cloud World We’re heading full force toward the cloud – there’s no doubt about it. The benefits of operating in the cloud are just too plentiful for businesses to turn a blind eye. The efficiencies and agility the cloud offers creates new services and opportunities for all customers. The trick is making the cloud simple and secure enough for businesses to be comfortable. Full PC + Cloud As the cloud becomes more important and pervasive, the role of the client or PC is getting pushed to the back burner. Today’s “cloud” doesn’t value the PC's features or functions, which negatively impacts the user experience. People are used to the latest performance and graphics on their PCs.  This neglect by the cloud on the end user device is slowing the adoption of cloud computing in the enterprise because it puts the strain on the data center to scale and do the work of every PC.  In fact, some customers tell me organizations have had to back away from rolling out cloud solutions because the demand placed on...

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