When I talk about the big trends, one of them is about the call of the younger generation for more flexibility. Flexibility in this context is about where you work, when you work and how you organize yourself. If you take this as a given, you have to wonder whether today’s IT is able to cope with that. In a lot of companies, they roll out a “one size fits all”-image to the desktop and therefore making sure everybody has the same image. This has definitely a good side as the management of it is kind of less expensive as you know how the image looks like (or should look like).
The longer the more I question that for a limited set of users. Just to be very clear: I do not say that you should change this policy completely but it might be worth considering change it for a defined set of users. Let me give you a few examples:
So, giving the next generation the right tools to be productive rather than limit their productivity will be a real key challenge I guess.
For quite some time I felt like being the lonely guy in the desert. I actually had a CSO once leaving the room when I said this (about 3-4 years ago). I now just stumbled across an article: Unchain the Office Computers!Why corporate IT should let us browse any way we want.
Well, I do not like the Firefox example ;-) but basically this will be the future – I am convinced. Rather than walking around and telling everybody that this is not possible due to security reasons we have to think about how to make it possible. What would this mean? E.g. persistent protection of information (Rights Management), enforcing policy compliance on the network, the perimeter will probably be between client and server (or between trusted and un-trusted systems or between complaint and non-compliant systems)…
At least there will be a lot of interesting stuff to do…