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IT Is Not About Control and Security

From MacWorld:

“The use of unsanctioned devices, iPhone or otherwise, in the enterprise adds tremendous complexity for IT managers and executives trying to develop strategies around mobility while maintaining control and security over such devices,” wrote IDC Mobility Enterprise Device Solutions analyst Sean Ryan, in a press release. “IT managers need to be aware of the implications of allowing iPhone access to corporate networks.”

It’s a shame that many in the IT industry have forgotten what IT is fundamentally about. It is not about “maintaining control and security” as the analyst above suggests. It is about improving the productivity of a business through the use of computer technology to automate common tasks and to assist in the running of the business.

Certainly there needs to be some element of thought given to security, but it needs to be balanced with an understanding that the IT department is there to serve the needs of the business and its staff.