One of the morning sessions I attended today at IDF 2011 was about how Intel is letting employees take their personal computing devices to work. As Intel employees, we can sign up to bring our personal smartphones, tablets, and laptops to work. In the session, Accommodating Consumer Devices in the Enterprise, Intel IT discussed security concerns and also the advantages of the program.
I don’t know about you, but in previous jobs I’ve always been actively discouraged from bringing my smartphone or a USB device to work. At these other jobs, the IT people locked things down pretty hard to prevent us from accessing the Internet via a personal device and forced installation of security programs on USB drives, making it almost impossible to use personal devices.
It was refreshing to hear Intel IT encouraging the practice of letting me bring my personal devices to work. Some of the specific things Intel IT is working on are: optimizing user experience across multiple devices, making devices work seamlessly together — both without compromising information security. In addition, Intel IT is working to certify isolation of corporate data, enable multiple environments to run simultaneously, and transition sessions seamlessly from one device to another.
Lastly IT will prepare for the compute continuum by continuing to provide requirements and priorities to enable devices and applications to function in a diverse environment and move more to cloud based services over time.
Please drop me a note in the comments below. I’d be interested to hear if you can bring your personal devices to work, and what you think of such programs.