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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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