Tuesday 11 October 2005

Consumer tech seeping into corporate IT

This is something I've been talking about a lot this year (most recently in my last IDM article about mobile knowledge management) so its satisfying to see a big analyst firm like Gartner - as reported in Computerworld - now saying the same thing that I've long suspected - corporate IT needs to keep an eye on the consumer technology innovation.

According to Gartner there are five key reasons for keeping an eye on consumer technology:

  • Consumer technology impacts employees;
  • It can provide clear cost advantages over traditional corporate hardware and software;
  • Potential employees will know all about it;
  • Customers will already be using it; and
  • If you try to stop your employees using consumer technology for work, it will backfire.

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