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  • Blog Post: Simple model for approaching BYOD

    For some time I’ve been trying to work out with colleagues how to articulate what I see as a solid model for dealing with consumerisation of IT in the workplace or even allowing people to bring their own devices.  It’s quite tough to find some mental model to help people to understand the kind of...
  • Blog Post: Embracing consumerisation: It’s all about the journey

    In my last two posts I talked about People + Devices and Data + Apps – essentially 4 of the things you need to manage and probably already are in your environment.  A fourth element is the network but I won’t be going into that in particular because it’s purely a means to an end, a way for People...
  • Blog Post: Bring Your Own Network

    Some thoughts on another form of the Bring Your Own trend that you may have missed and how to take it one step too far (although this is probably already happening).  A mobile hotspot, a strict web filter and an a social networker inadvertently crack a hole in IT policy. Last week I was doing a...
  • Blog Post: Building your consumerisation of IT strategy (part 2 of 2)

    Welcome to part two of this post the first part of Building your consumerisation of IT Strategy can be found here Productivity Consumerisation and productivity go hand in hand, but it might not be top of mind when you first think about consumerisation. Being productive in some way, however, is the main...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Consumerization and SharePoint security challenges

    By Geoff Evelyn I was a guest speaker on a general SharePoint Security Webcast today, which was great fun. On the agenda was security of SharePoint relating to mobile devices. Unfortunately, the session did not manage to get into that topic, and I was so keen to talk about it. To counter, I’ve provided...
  • Blog Post: The future of IT for MSPs

    Today I presentated to a group of about a thousand managed service providers about Microsoft’s cloud and what it means for the future of IT.  I though I’d throw up this post to provide some extra resources like the deck embedded below that I used ...read more
  • Blog Post: The week that was 16th – 23rd April

    It’s been a busy week here at TechNet HQ, not least for Simon May who we’re thrilled to see has got his blogging hat back on and knocked out two great articles about Consumerisation of IT (consumer devices in the workplace to the rest of us)! We also brought you some interesting little tidbits about...
  • Blog Post: Key trend in the consumerisation of IT: self service

    Consumerisation is an amazing trend; the idea that anyone can make choices about the way they work and the tools they use to get their job done. From an IT point of view it can, at first, look like a scary proposition. All those people bringing in different bits of kit and making you look after them...
  • Blog Post: Embracing Consumerisation: Data and Apps

    My last post was about how, in order to embrace consumerisation, you need to start thinking in terms of managing the access that people and devices have, or more accurately the access that People on Devices have.  This post is an extension of that previous post in that we’re going to start thinking...
  • Blog Post: How the consumerisation of IT affects IT departments

    There are a few trends that are affecting IT in some hard hitting, demanding and, for many, (work) life changing ways. Cloud is the first obvious one, but causing more of a pain in the IT department's rear right now is probably consumerisation. Consumerisation is a simple theory; that people want...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: WEDM in real life scenarios

    By Thomas Frahler , Acting Windows Embedded BG Lead Northern Europe This video shows how you can manage industry devices, such as POS, Digital Signage and Thin Clients with Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011.   Watch the video to find out how WEDM 2011 is used in a real life scenario. About the...
  • Blog Post: 5 Imperatives for modern IT departments

    Last week I posted about how the cloud is going to affect IT departments in the future, thinking about how some roles are affected and the like, but this time I’m setting out a mini-manifesto for IT departments.  This mini-manifesto isn’t for the IT departments that want to continue doing what they...
  • Blog Post: Additional Dates added for London IT Camps

    Due to the popularity of our IT Camps in London we have added 2 new dates to our schedule:   Enterprise Consumerisation of IT :  Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:30 AM The current pace of technology offers IT Professionals with a dilemma: deploying the devices that staff need to effectively do their...
  • Blog Post: Test Lab Guides for Consumerisation (BYOD etc.)

    If you’re thinking about how you can make your environment more suitable for a world where people want to bring their own devices into the office then you could do well to attend an IT Camp where we talk about just that.  Of course those events are now full, so I won’t bother to link them but now...
  • Blog Post: Embracing consumerisation: People and Devices

    In the past I’ve written a number of articles on how to start thinking about the consumerisation of IT – if you aren’t familiar with the term hopefully this link will help .  Now I think it’s time to move beyond thinking about how you’ll build a ...read more
  • Blog Post: Flash Newsletter: Tablets and the Enterprise

    This fortnight’s TechNet Flash is all about the challenges we face using and managing tablet and mobile devices in corporate environments. We also have some great events, downloads, and news of what you’ll be able to get your hands on as part of Windows 8 Enterprise Edition! This fortnight’s feature...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Secure your applications and systems in an appropriate way at minimum cost to performance and usability

    Heinrich Van Der Westhuizen is a technology entrepreneur with more than 17 years’ experience in IT and has managed different businesses within Europe across multiple IT disciplines. Heinrich works for Digital Defence who provide mobile defence solutions. Secure Mobile, encrypts and protects selected...
  • Blog Post: Where's Wally? He will be with WMUG - 21st of June in London

    The Windows Management User Group will be hosting Wally Mead as he passes through the UK on his way to TechED Europe. In their words: The Windows Management User Group welcomes Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager for the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Product Group back to the UK for a...
  • Blog Post: Technology to Support Consumerisation: IPSec

    A technology that’s been around for quite some time is IPSec, it helps to ensure security of communications between two network devices.  With IPSec in place two devices need to establish a peer-to-peer trust before communication can take place, it’s kind of like having a secret handshake. If your...
  • Blog Post: Event: IT Camp Leeds Feb 28th

    Back in December Simon and I invited a few friends along to help us beta test a different kind of event, an IT Camp . The idea is simply to do smaller, more interactive events where discussions and questions are encouraged. The presenters, (Simon and I) being a bit more in the background. The first of...
  • Blog Post: Announcing System Center SP1, our UK MVPs

    Last night we announced general availability of System Center 2012 SP1, it’s great, expansive product that is absolutely key to delivering your Private Cloud, Managing your Public cloud and managing the consumerisaiton of IT. You can get the trail VHDs at the bottom of this post or download the installers...
  • Blog Post: The Week that Was 2nd - 9th July

    Having had a week at TechEd Europe it is no surprise that last week was a busy one full of exciting new content as well as the latest updates from the event. Microsoft, and Hadoop for Big Data TechEd Europe: A Video Diary Free E-Book: Inside Windows Server 2012 Consumerization and SharePoint Security...
  • Blog Post: Consumerization and SharePoint Security

    Geoff Evelyn is a Microsoft MVP and has an active interest in SharePoint security and the consumerization of IT.  He recently attended an event and has put together an article that moves beyond that event.  The article talks about how personal devices as part of Consumerization have impacted...
  • Blog Post: The Week that Was 7-14 May

    Last week we had a bit of an events and training week with workshops, bootcamps and more. Workshop: SharePoint AND Custard! Effective SharePoint Requirements with Serious Games Get Free Training with Windows Azure Online Bootcamps in May Technology to Support Consumerisation: IPSec SQL Relay 2012 This...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Power to the people – AppStores for the enterprise

    By Dave Harding, product manager at 1E  The consumerisation of IT has undoubtedly been one of the industry’s favourite topics in 2012. While the majority of organisations will associate the term with the explosion of the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) phenomenon (and the associated task of tirelessly...