The Seven Rules of DIY IT

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The dam’s broken. For many, the flow is unstoppable and uncontrollable. The sudden onrush of the bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own apps (BYOA) movement - both made possible by the consumerization of IT - has left many businesses sinking under the weight of their own outdated IT policies and governance. But all hope isn’t lost.

We’ve put together an e-book that lays out these rules for you in very uncomplicated terms - The Future of Working’s Seven Rules of DIY IT. This isn’t a seven step program to IT nirvana - it’s a set of seven rules to follow if you want to understand how to implement a smart, flexible DIY IT strategy that embraces the BYOD movement, without letting it overwhelm and eventually drown your business.

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The Seven Rules of DIY IT

  1. 1. THE SEVEN RULES OF DIY IT Learn how to stop worrying and love DIY IT with these seven actions rt Suppo PolicyUsagePolicy ! e the Bridg sm Cha the Embrace el d Apps Mo Back up ty Securi Risk ent Managem
  2. 2. What is DIY IT? THE SEVEN RULES OF DIY ITUsers are now driving thetechnology agenda.Business technology infrastructure as a lifestyle expression is now a reality.The CEO, the marketing manager, the sales executive - they all have theirown lifestyle IT strategy, made possible by the consumerization of IT.The speed and intensity of the bring your own device (BYOD) and bringyour own apps (BYOA) movement caught many businesses by surprise -and many still haven’t got their heads above water, being continuously,uncontrollably swept along by the current. This has led to business techinfrastructures becoming underpinned by a random array of software andhardware.But while this movement has caused headaches for many IT departments,it’s also given them an opportunity to become proactive business partnersrather than reactive technology management suppliers. It’s DIY IT - with ITdepartments adopting a people orientated service, allowing clients to usetheir preferred devices and services for the benefit of the business.Unconvinced? Follow these seven rules and you’ll learn how to stopworrying and embrace DIY IT and everything that goes with it. Users gain control The beginning of the BYOD movement
  3. 3. 1 Risk Management Make business leaders understand the operational and security risks involved with a DIY IT approach. Loss of data, service agreements and other factors need to be considered. ! 2 Security Create a security policy suitable for your organization and the market it operates in. A one-size-fits-all security model is counter-productive to the user and business needs. 0 1 03 Backup 0 1 1 Create systems that capture and back up 1 0 critical data. Don’t leave it to the discretion of the individual when it comes to backing up data critical to corporate governance. 4 Embrace the Apps Model Develop a platform and apps laboratory to test users’ preferred technologies. Smart users will increasingly take advantage of your evaluations and opt for recommended apps.
  4. 4. 5 Bridge the Chasm Build an architecture that integrates the user experience with the corporate enterprise systems. Prioritizing careful planning of the integration of public/private cloud with the non-cloud delivery channels. 6 Usage Policy Create a highly visible usage policy, explaining your right to wipe clean a compromised device, regardless if its corporate or BYOD. Offer to host users’ personal data. Give them peace of mind and bring work/life integration a step closer.7 Support Policy Clarify which devices and apps the IT department will support, and the level of support it will provide. Encourage a self-service approach to IT support. Promote communication and collaboration between users of approved devices/apps to solve IT problems. Find out more Workplace of the Future DIY (Do It Yourself) IT Download the full DIY IT white-paper - written by Financial Times A series of white papers by Ade McCormack, Auridian columnist Ade McCormack - over at the HP website. For more sharp analysis, disruptive opinions and the latest data about the workplace of the future, head over to the Future of Working blog. Produced in association with 1 Auridian

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