SCC steers UK's CIO's as the rapid acceleration in IT consumerisation presents the industry with its greatest challenge in more than a generation.
Speaking at the prestigious CIO Connect conference tomorrow, SCC Director of Corporate Business Strategy, Ian Sherratt, guides an invited audience through the challenge of increasing demand from employees to utilise smart phones, tablets and personal laptops within the workplace. Highlighting the need for a strategic switch of focus away from the user interface and on to the user experience, he will show how embracing the next generation of devices will significantly increase productivity whilst shaving millions off UK businesses' IT budgets.
“Make no mistake: consumerisation represents the biggest challenge in the technology sector since the advent of the PC. In order to cope, IT departments need to move from a position focused on providing the user with a compliant desktop, to one centred on delivering intuitive access to corporate applications over multiple devices. It demands a fundamental switch of emphasis and is going to power some significant cultural changes within work style, support and real estate. Organisations across the globe are going to have to be more flexible about signing up to changes in policy and working practice. Support responsibility and ownership when companies decide to adopt such strategies is vital.” said Sherratt.
While some in the industry will have reservations over moving away from a locked-down infrastructure in exchange for the limited pain involved in this process, there will be plenty to gain.
Based on the experience of Europe's largest independent technology solutions provider, the potential benefits of allowing users to work using their own equipment are huge. Research shows that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies can deliver massive gains in productivity as well as significant reductions in support savings, while workforces have been shown to be more flexible about signing up to changes, in policy, working practice, support responsibility and ownership, in companies adopting such strategies.
There will need to be a sea-change in the way many IT departments approach the governance of user access but the benefits of the consumerisation process are worth the wait. Estimates show that for the average employee switching to consumer devices can save up to five man hours per month in boot-up times alone, while the business advantages of enabling workers to attend to urgent tasks from their kitchen table are both straight forward and obvious.
Sherratt added: “Whether we like it or not, IT departments are undergoing a significant period of cultural change. Organisations should embrace this change and they will see substantial gains. The strategic shifts they make as a result of the process will deliver profound benefits across the business that will see its people enabled to work faster, better and more cost-effectively.”
On the 4th and 5th October 2011 at the Grange St Paul’s hotel in London, 200+ c-level executives from the leading organisations globally will join CIO connect to review, debate and investigate how Consumerisation is changing business. During the two day annual CIO Connect Conference – Power to the people? How Consumerisation will turn business inside out – c-level executives will hear from recognised business leaders how CIOs and their IT organisations can make the most of technology for the benefit of their organisation.
Ian Sherratt, Director of Corporate Business Strategy at SCC, will be discussing Consumerisation and BYOD – New Generation Thinking at 13.15-13.45 on the 4th October 2011.