Consumer Driven IT marches on, this time in data storage. DropBox was in the news this week, making a play for a bigger share of cloud-based data storage within businesses. They realized that their customers were using DropBox to store corporate data from their workplace and saw an opportunity to reach out to IT departments with a new (and presumably more controllable) offering.
Anyone who has ever suffered through cumbersome corporate data backup solutions recognizes the appeal of using the simple online backup tools you use at home to back up your work data too. In fact, the recent IDC study on consumer driven IT which surveyed more than 1,000 consumers found that 83% of those surveyed have already used, or would like to use, online cloud-based data backup solutions for business purposes. And more than half of the respondents plan to increase their use in the future
IT is being challenged to meet the IT consumer's anytime, anyplace work style and it is not surprising that cloud-based storage is a perfect solution. DropBox and others like Box.net are causing IT managers to act like supply chain managers, sourcing a variety of cloud-based services on behalf of their customers and employees.
Here's what else was in the news the last few weeks:
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November 2: BYOD risks outweigh the benefits: ISACA Indian survey via TechTarget. Security remains an important consideration for COIT. The ISACA survey finds that 63% of enterprise security incidents can be linked to employees' use of IT assets -35% from use of personal devices for work activities and 28% from use of work devices for personal activities.
October 31: How consumer tech is transforming IT, Christopher Lochhead via CNN/Fortune. The "bizzumer" revolution is on, and it is about consumer-like business applications, not just BYOD.
October 31: Gartner: Time to re-imagine the role of IT This summarizes a recent Gartner keynote from their IT Expo. "This is the era of mass collaboration driven by the consumerization of IT. For an IT leader to thrive in this environment, they must re-imagine their role, and they must lead from the front."
October 27: Dropbox Bids to Find Entry in Businesses, Claire Cain Miller in the New York Times. Consumer Driven IT is driving new opportunities in cloud-based data storage.
October 25: Is your data center ready for the consumerization of IT?, Beth Bacheldor via ITworld. Mobility and devices of all shapes and sizes are in the enterprise so you'd better make sure your data center's equipped.
October 23: How to bypass iPad security in 5 seconds CSOs take note - your employees can learn how to do this on YouTube, no less.
October 19: Consumerization of IT, Well.... , Michael Fauscette via the Enterprise Irregulars. Is the response to the consumerization of IT a parallel "enterprization" of the consumer? You heard it here first!
October 17: Why the Consumerization of IT is a user revolt, Rob Enderle via IT Business Edge. Rob argues that if there were ever a time for IT to get back in touch with its inner user and to reinstate processes that connected internal customers to tools that met both customers' needs and the needs of the corporation, this is that time.
October 14: Moore's Law Driving Consumerization, Data Center Growth, Joseph F. Kovar, CRN. According to Intel's CEO Paul Otellini, Moore's law is still at work and the explosion in the number of transistors being shipped has resulted in 4 billion devices connected to the Internet generating over 300 exabytes of data.
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