Presenter: John Whaley
IT departments are starting to look seriously at BYOPC (Bring Your Own PC) or employee-owned PC initiatives, driven by a range of factors including cost, employee demand for choice and freedom, more contractors and part-time workers, and challenges with provisioning and reclaiming physical laptops.
In a BYOPC scenario, the company provides a stipend for the employee to purchase their laptop of choice (typically with some minimum requirements), which will then be owned by the employee. Is this a panacea for IT, who can get out of the business of provisioning laptops and save a bunch of money and headaches in the process, or will this turn into a management and legal nightmare where IT will have to play Geek Squad to personal machines, and end up opening the company up to huge liabilities?
In this session, Whaley will cover some of the pros, cons, and lessons learned from actual and attempted BYOPC deployments, from the technical (How do I keep the network secure? How do I support Macs?) to the psychological (What do the users think?) to the political (What are the internal roadblocks that have to be overcome?). Bring your opinions and experiences - audience participation is strongly encouraged.