This week BYOD and VDI were big topics in the tech world, so let’s get started.
Brian Madden wrote a piece on the top 5 reasons people use VDI. In previous posts, Brian argued that VDI isn’t about saving money or making desktops easier to manage. Instead, the primary reason he provides this week to use VDI is the ability to host desktops in a data center rather than dealing with Remote Desktop Session Host. Other benefits Brian lists for VDI are: security, the ability to have users instantly work anywhere, allows users to use whatever devices they want, and allows users to install whatever programs they want.
Using personal devices is a big component of BYOD, another hot topic in tech and workplaces. We hear (and write) so many great things about BYOD, but Ryan Faas over at Cult of Mac discusses five reasons why the end-user may not like this rising trend. The biggest reason employees might shy away from a BYOD policy at their workplace? The amount of restrictions that could be placed on the usage of the devices. Other issues of snooping and security concerns, and an unhealthy work-life balance are all cited as reasons that BYOD might not be on the top of all employees’ wish lists.
Continuing on the BYOD theme, David Carr of InformationWeek outlines the debates some employers are having over whether or not they should purchase devices for their employees or participate in BYOD. Brian mentions many of the pros and cons the previous two articles did, but notes that during any type of technology transition, whether it is to BYOD or giving employees a company owned phone, a proper communication plan is key. What are your opinions? Would you rather bring your own device or have your company provide you with one? Let us know in the comments section.
Have a good weekend!
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