Why are you still delivering OS as a device?

 Once upon a time, you delivered an operating system to your employees on their desktop devices – or maybe you still are. You had applications and user profiles on your desktops too. And of course, your service level agreements (SLAs) were tied to the hardware as well because the hardware counted most. If it broke, the OS was gone, the applications and profile were gone. Hardware was king.

 Then a funny thing called virtualization happened. With all your layers of abstraction transferred to your data center, particularly your organization’s OS, you’re now able offer that OS as a service to any device, anywhere, anytime. It doesn’t matter if your employees are on a PC or Mac, an iPad or iPhone, a BYOC system, next door to your data center or halfway around the world. Virtualization has made hardware – and where that hardware physically sits – incidental in a very real way. Software, it turns out, is king now.

 And because you’ve standardized user profiles, [Read more…]

BYOC: It’s easier than you think now.

 Important considerations with BYOC strategy

 Employees who are given laptops by their company might use their hardware eight hours a day. The remaining eight hours of awake time, in the evening or on in transit, they might connect to the office to check email or catch up on work they didn’t get a chance to do during the day but realistically they’re going to use it mainly as a personal device – watching YouTube, gaming, surfing, listening to music, writing their long dreamed of novel.

Now an increasing number of IT decision makers are asking: If I’m giving employees a $1,000 laptop or a $500 thin client, and I’ve virtualized my OS, applications and user profiles and they’re all running in my data center instead of locally, why not go a step further? Why offer users the option to buy or bring in their own laptop – HP, Sony, Mac, iPad, whatever they like – and give them an allowance or stipend that represents the 50% time they’ll use the device for company work.

In fact, the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) model being considered or adopted by an increasing number of organizations as a way to significantly cut costs. Employees are given a pre-determined amount to buy their own device and often asked to sign up for a maintenance plan with the laptop’s manufacturer – the theory being that if there’s a hardware problem, the hardware company gets a call before the IT help desk. So the organization saves two ways – in terms of capital costs and dependency on IT.

Before you jump into BYOC, it’s a good idea to consider some guidelines: [Read more…]