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As alluded earlier in the TechSoup Blog, IT managers in the corporate sector are taking greater notice to a trend that we've encountered for many years ' employees or volunteers bringing in their own computers to the office. Due to lack of funding or a dedicated IT budget, you may bring your own laptop to the office, or work on say your nonprofit's finances at home. In the short run this is mainly done as a cost saving measure, since it's often difficult to allocate grant funding to office equipment unless it's explicitly allowed. In addition, you are often likely to find great deals on computers individually, but less so for a whole office full of them.
In the long run, however, it can pose problems in terms of interoperability in the office, as well as support if devices aren't of uniform configuration. Even with the donations from TechSoup, you may be unlikely to be able to purchase computers for every one of your employees and volunteers in the near future.
At a session called "Bring Your Own Computer to Work ' What Now?" the speakers offered some tips that can help IT managers and accidental techies address this increasing trend:
With these tips as a starting point, take the time to consider what works best for your organization, your employees, as well as your clients and constituents. Although their interests are not always perfectly aligned in terms of security and convenience, a balance can be made between these three groups.
Kevin Lo | Senior Program Manager, NetSquared.org | a part of TechSoup Global