Analyst adds voice to growing consumerisation call

Forrester warns that the decision to allow employee-owned technology isn’t necessarily IT’s decision to make

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Analyst adds voice to growing consumerisation call Devices, such as the Apple iPad, are forcing a dramatic rethink of the way that IT departments approach the issue of consumer technology in the workplace. (ITP Images)
By  Ben Furfie Published  November 15, 2010

Forrester had become the latest analyst group to add its voice to growing calls for IT departments to stop resisting the consumerisation of IT.

A recent survey by the company found that 30% of employees in the UK, France and Germany were already using technology in one way that their IT department did not know about, or necessarily approve of. This includes downloading software or paying to use their own smartphone.

"Game changing technology will always be available to employees first, and IT will always be playing catch up," warned Ted Schadler, analyst at Forrester Research.

"Instead of saying ‘no, it's too risky', you have to understand and mitigate the risk and determine if it is a risk worth taking," he stressed, adding that it isn't solely the job of IT to deal with the problem. "Technology is just another form of risk. It is not an IT decision, it's a whole business decision."

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