Staff expected to bring their own notebooks to work

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  1. Iria

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    By 2008, 10 per cent of enterprises worldwide will require employees to purchase their own notebooks for use in the workplace, predicts industry analyst Gartner.

    The analyst firm predicts that notebooks will begin to move from company ownership to personal ownership as today’s business-owned notebooks are commonly used for personal purposes, such as email, music and video anyway.

    “Transferring notebook ownership to employees does not eliminate the cost of PCs, but shifts it to employee benefits and indirect user operational costs,” said Leslie Fiering, research vice president at Gartner.

    “The payback is removing PC assets from the company books and freeing IT to focus on critical business initiatives.”
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  2. redsolar

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    If this ever happens, it will be tech support hell. Imagine trying to support business applications on home laptops... Something inside of me has doubt about such blunt statement. And imagine the amount of crying from the employees (i.e. "Why do I have to buy something for a business I do not own" etc :D).
     
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    No way. What about the need for network security? Can you imagine a business forcing employees to run security or logging programs on their personal PCs? By doing this you would remove control of network security from the company, and placing it in the hands of everyday Joe employee. A large amount of employees have no clue what makes their PCs run, let alone what type of security software they need, nor are they likely to install any type of anti-virus software that didn't come with the laptop (which most are only good for 90 days). Not to mention that you would remove the right of the company to monitor emails, and personal computer usage (ie. gaming, porn surfing, and so on) during work hours. They need to maintain that control to make sure that no personal or confidential information is being sent out, or that their employee is actually doing what they are being paid for: working. The company would give up the right to do surprise audits of employee computers to make sure that no unauthorized software is being used such as games, or pirated software. Even though you would think that the company wouldn't be liable since it's not their PC they infact could be since their employee is doing company work using illegal software. Can you imagine some form of digital material is distributed or sold, and then you find out that a person working for a company that distributed it used a pirated software to encode it (come to think of it, this actually happened recently to Microsoft when it was found that some of their Media Player wav files were created using a pirated version of Sound Forge.. they instantly became liable for that employees stupidity).

    There is one loophole to this whole thing: software licenses. As a company you could not allow your employees to download or install ANY software that you bought since they neither own the software, nor do you own the laptop or PC. Essentially you'd be forcing your employees to purchase their own software just so that they can use their laptop for company use. You're talking 100s to a few 1000 dollars for various software products depending on the job they do. Oh yeah, I can see this happening. :rolleyes:

    That's not to say it won't happen. Sure some companies might do it to try to save some money, or they might allow it for employees that don't work on confidential materials, but it is far more likely that they would have a purchasing plan for employees to buy personal laptops that they could use to work on from home instead.

    Nope. Sorry. Any good IT department would sit there and laugh their ass off at this type of prediction. I know I am.
     
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    The only simple work around for this would be the person owning the laptop, but the company owning the hard drive.
     
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    [​IMG]:duh: lol
     
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    that's so incredibly simple… removable trays, swap out when you get to work, and back again when you leave
     
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    A security NIGHTMARE!

    The very idea of bringing personally owned machines inside of a "secure" company network is so fatally flawed that it does not bear thinking about.
     
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    CEO: We need to find ways to cut costs, since many people have their own laptops, how about we have them use their own! Genius! Get IT guy in here, i want to run this past him.

    IT Guy: Yes?

    CEO: How about we have employies use thier own laptops! Can you make it work?

    IT guy: Well, yes, but its going to make alot of trouble for the IT staff and help desk, causing alot of overtime trying to make everyone happy.

    CEO: But your on a salary, right?

    IT guy: well....ya


    And thats how it will happen >.>
     
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    Almost all laptops require you to remove covers/screws in order to swap drives. While this would work for PCs, laptops are a different ball game. Those are not readily swappable. Plus, there is still the issues that the company would still have to support those PCs/laptops. They would have to be familiar with the laptops their employees are buying (which could be any one of a hundred different types and configurations), they would have to support the installation, and running of required apps on those laptops, security programs, and so on. The company could get around part of the issue by specifying (or rather suggesting) what laptops the employees should buy, but it would still be the employees choice, and most will buy the cheapest POS they can. After all, it is their money they are spending now. Plus there is still the software issue. Generally you will find MS Office Professional ($250) on most company machines, however there are people that require an Adobe product (Photoshop - $600), Lotus Notes/Smartsuite or Microsoft Exchange ($200-$1,200+), or some sort of CAD or accounting software (mucho $$$), and on and on. You could potentially require your employee to purchase software that could cost them 3 times what they paid for the laptop, and you still have the problem that the software might not even run on them. Talk about a tech support nightmare.

    While financially the company might save money on the hardware side, their technical support expenses would obviously go through the roof. Remember too that it's all about security, control of company information (most of which can be highly confidential), data loss prevention, and accountability for that data. I just can't see the majority of companies handing off responsibilty like that to their employees.
     
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    I was just thinking there may be another sneaky reason for doing this. If the company doesn't own the laptop then they can't be held responsible if data is lost. I do tech support for telecom power, and have a laptop setup from home to connect through VPN to work. I'm not saying I disagree but the only possible way this could work is with a different HD, and people only being able to select certain brands/models.
     
  11. EcPercy

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    Why do we even post articles about studies that "Gartner" does?

    On another note; you will not force me to buy a laptop and then bring it to use for my job. If you need me to have a laptop then you had better provide me with one.
     
  12. The_Neon_Cowboy

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    It does elimate the cost it simply shifts all the costs to the empoyees
    meaning they have to pay for IT, for upgrades, for software, for when thier lost
    damaged or stolen...Total BS!
     

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