Here's a video from our BriForum 2011 conference we had in Chicago this past July. This session, from nine-time BriForum speaker Claudio Rodrigues, is a "reality check" for Bring your own Computer (BYOC) and Bring your own device (BYOD) environments. Claudio provides an intro to the topic and then digs in to a wide range of issues, some that are frequently discussed and some that many administrators might not have thought of before.
This video plays in our custom-built side-by-side Flash player. (Sorry iOS users.. We don't know how to do this without Flash.) Basically there are two video streams.. one of the speaker and one of the screen. You can play/pause/jump and they stay in sync. There's a "swap" button under the small video that swaps which video is big and which is small, and there's a "full screen" button to the left of the play/pause button.
From the presentation:
- Many Bring Your Own Computer programs are really Buy Your Own Computer, with company money. While this prevents users from bringing in random old junk computers, it also creates a whole new set of legal challenges.
- Among the complex legal issues are: corporate intellectual property on employee-owned devices, taxes, privacy, data recovery, and insurance.
- All IT departments are doing some form of this already. (For example, does your company have a CEO that can use any model of computer he or she wants to?)
- Companies can still leverage their computer buying power while giving employees more choices, preventing a completely wide-open wild-west environment.
- What happens when an employee-owned computer needs to be repaired and the employee can’t perform their job?
- Many of the issues that come up with a BYO program should be handled by updated Human Resources policies, not IT.
- BYOC goes hand-in-hand with VDI, and like VDI, BYOC can save money, depending on how you lie with the cost models.
Claudio’s final conclusions:
- BYOC is feasible, but the long term viability is unknown.
- Is there a business need for BYOC? Once again, there is still no concrete answer.
- BYOC is not an IT department decision, but a company-wide decision. Legal and HR departments should be involved.
- VDI/SBC implementation goes hand in hand with BYOC.
- An updated employee contract is a must.
- Get legal advice. Seriously.