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Why IT Needs To Change for Gen Z 443

An anonymous reader writes "Staff will routinely be bringing their own devices to work in five years time, according to IT industry experts in the UK. Some companies might already allow a few iPhones and iPads, but CIOs and businesses are not only going to have to support a general influx of consumer kits — they're going to need to get a whole lot more relaxed in general. 'Big businesses are going to have to become more flexible about how IT is provisioned and managed — to enable a new generation of workers who use consumer technologies to communicate and be productive.'"
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Why IT Needs To Change for Gen Z

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21, 2011 @04:59PM (#36204120)
    Where I work is a Windows only network.

    We allow anybody to connect via wifi with a device they bring from home. Captive gateway, with deep packet inspection.

    Not really that hard.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21, 2011 @05:16PM (#36204244)

    Isolate their connectivity and treat them same way you handle connections from the internet. There's your security done. Get management approval that personal devices are the owner's problem. There's your support done.

    On top of that, while everybody wants free wifi on their phone to waste away company time with, many balk at having to use something they paid for to do company work. Get enough complainers whining about why the company doesn't provide them what they need to do their job, and this whole "problem" mostly goes away.

  • Re:Depends (Score:5, Informative)

    by Osgeld ( 1900440 ) on Saturday May 21, 2011 @05:47PM (#36204460)

    Agreed, it became a issue at my workplace with the guys on the warehouse floor, they are moving large heavy objects while operating forklifts while constantly texting. You cant get their attention cause its also jacked into their ears for MP3, and if you ask them a question they cant tell you what they did 5 seconds ago cause they are totally unfocused on their 1 simple task.

    Starting Monday if we see a celphone on the floor your gone, period.

  • by adamofgreyskull ( 640712 ) on Saturday May 21, 2011 @06:08PM (#36204594)
    A person can be a perfectly competent bookkeeper, accountant or any number of other things and yet not be competent (or diligent) enough to keep their machine virus-free.

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?